Why You're Distracted at Work

Why You're Distracted at Work

When’s the last time you lost your train of thought in a meeting, or stopped paying attention when having a conversation with your boss? If you’re like 70% of the population, it was probably fairly recently.

That’s because according to new Gallup research, 70% of American workers report being “actively disengaged” or “checked out” of their work.


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On the flip side, 30% of workers said they were “engaged, involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to the workplace,” which was the highest level of excitement the study has seen since it started in 2000.

Source of Distractions

While there are a lot of factors that can weigh into an employee’s interest in their workload (not the least of which might be the fact that many companies don’t make their workers feel valued, as Roy Cohen, career counselor and author of "The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide" suggested to Fox Business), there’s another theory to consider—financial distraction.

According to a survey by the McGraw Hill Federal Credit Union, 36% of respondents admitted that they spend at least two hours a day worrying about their finances or dealing with them, while another study called “Stressed at Work” found that almost half of workers get so stressed out about their finances that it actually interferes with their jobs.

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Both the Gallup research and “Stressed at Work” suggest similar solutions—companies should be offering employees wellness programs to help them manage their stress, as well other stress-relieving options like gyms and healthy snacks, to say nothing of better financial options, like a good retirement plan.


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