Hold on your breath because you will read something that may surprise you very much. The productivity of the United States between 1991 and 2001 is growing slower than in the first twenty years after the World War Two. How do you like it? Yeah, it is sad, but it is the truth.
Many talented economists are trying to understand why it is so, be it labor force aging, manufacturing movement to other countries or something else. But there is one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb. This thing is
Mobile Device Usage
Yep, it may be the cause of all troubles with our work efficiency. You see, nowadays we act in a totally new way like we never did before. Surveys show that every American spends twenty minutes every day talking by means of cell phone or using mobile devices to communicate in another way. And those numbers are only the average.
You probably know many various people who talk on their mobile phones more than only 20 minutes. Along with long lasting talks there are also texting, internet surfing, social media, photo sharing, etc. And all those things are taking plenty of time to do. So people doing all that stuff at work just losing their working time efficiency and spending less time for work and more time for chatting.
It is hard to say unambiguously that cell phones, smartphones and other mobile communication devices are only good or only bad things. They are both at the same time. But while they can bring some improvements into our jobs it is we who have to consider how to use them in the right way.
Once this Pandora box is opened it cannot be closed, and no one can convince us to abandon our smartphones. Yet if you are the employer, you want the necessary things being done by your workers, and being done in time and with appropriate quality. You can try many things to convince people stop wasting time but they may not have the effect you expect them to have.
Modern technological world can propose you the elegant solution for this problem. Simply install mobile phone signal jammers in the working area and all interrupting cell phone calls will be prevented. In case of emergency your employees can always go outside of the jammed area and call where they need.