Want to be More Productive? Stash Your Phone Here

It's not in your hand...

February 12, 2019

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Workplace productivity is at an all-time low! It's not always a worker's fault that their productivity has tanked. There are many factors that come into play when companies examine why employees are working less during work hours.

Some of the more common causes are:

1. Employee's personal issues: Leave your personal life at home is a lot easier said than done. People go through things in life, and sometimes it impacts everything they do. 

2. Poor Management: If employees feel they aren't respected or appreciated, they are likely to become complacent. Complacency can lead to completing less work. 

3. Distractions: Phones, social media, browsing the web, and socializing with coworkers can all make people lose focus at work. 

If you want to help be less distracted at work and be a more productive employee, you're going to need to stash your phone elsewhere! According to a new study, having access to your phone causes significant brain drain and makes you less productive. The research from two experiments "indicates that even when people are successful at maintaining sustained attention—as when avoiding the temptation to check their phones—the mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity."

People's cognitive abilities were tested with their phones in their pocket, face down in front of them, and in a whole different room. Any idea which resulted in higher productivity? Those whose phones were kept in a separate room had more cognitive ability and performed better. 

And here's the kicker, turning your phone off and keeping it on your desk or in your bag still made for less work and more distraction. So what did this study find out? That just the presence of our phones distracts us! It's crazy how technology and social media can impact us this much! 

How would you feel if your company made you lock your phone up during the work day?