Jive survey examines some costlier distractions at work

Summary:Interestingly, vacation really doesn't appear to be as much of a problem as many American employees might assume.

Some of the most-talked about concerns in business technology these days have to do with security and risk management.

But a new survey from Jive Software hints that some workplace problems are a lot more basic than that.

According to the social business company's new study, the way people "work today" isn't actually working. In fact, most of the common habits related to tech and productivity in the workplace are actually costing businesses more money.

To get a little more concrete, email was cited as one of the major culprits standing in the way of productivity.

Researchers found that nearly four out of every five workers (or 79 percent) admitted that they spend much of their workdays checking email when that time could be put to use on other projects.

Thus, Jive asserted that time wasted is costing U.S. companies up to $2 billion per day on average.

Some of the other major distractions include other coworkers (36 percent) and meetings (19 percent).

Interestingly, vacation really doesn't appear to be as much of a problem as many American employees might assume.

The problem there might actually be finding a work/life balance considering 48 percent of employed Americans were described to be working while on vacation.

Topics: IT Priorities, Apps, Collaboration, IT Employment, IT Policies

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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