Spouses More Distracting than Social Media

Personal relationship issues are the biggest distraction at work.

September 01, 2012
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One in five employees says “personal relationship issues” are the biggest distraction at work, according to a poll released by ComPsych Corp.

In comparison, 4% of respondents say personal communications (cell phone, email/instant messaging, social media) top their list of biggest workplace distractions.

ComPsych is a global provider of employee assistance programs.

“Relationship problems continue to be a top reason for calls to ComPsych,” says Dr. Richard Chaifetz, chairman/CEO. “These issues can occupy a significant amount of time and attention, making it difficult to focus at work.”

In addition to the 22% of respondents who say personal relationship issues are their biggest distraction at work, other respondents point to:

► Co-workers who want to chat (19%);

► Challenges with work relationships (16%);

► Financial/legal problems (15%);

►Child-related or care-giving issues (11%);

► Personal health problems (6%); and

 ► Personal communications (4%). 

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