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Why You Can't Get Any Work Done

Workplace distractions cost U.S. business some $650 billion a year. Here's how managers can keep employees focused

Sly Kodrin, vice-president for operations at a hinge manufacturing company in Alliance, Ohio, likes to maintain a shop floor that balances passion with productivity, allowing his 75 employees to listen to music and socialize, as long as it does not interfere with their work.

But when a stamping press operator brought golf clubs to work one day and began swinging at rolled-up work gloves while he was in charge of an automatic stamp press, Kodrin's line had been crossed.