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Easily distracted at work? Maybe you're too clever

The rise of technology has made it more difficult for workers to stay focused, with the average person checking their emails as often as every two minutes.

Mail Today Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: January 20, 2016  | 08:26 IST
Easily distracted at work? Maybe you’re too clever
Clever people tend to have difficulty prioritising ideas, meaning they can get flustered when they have several things to deal with at once. Photo: Reuters

Do you get very easily distracted at work and end up doing things like checking your phone often or take too many breaks? The odds might actually be in your favour as recearch shows that you might be very intelligent.

Intelligent people may struggle more in the workplace because they are easily distracted, a recent research has found.

Clever people tend to have difficulty prioritising ideas, meaning they can get flustered when they have several things to deal with at once.

The rise of technology has made it more difficult for workers to stay focused, with the average person checking their emails as often as every two minutes.

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Nearly half of more than 10,000 workers surveyed in 17 countries said they struggled to concentrate in the office, according to research by a workplace solutions company called Steelcase.

The average office worker has eight programme windows open on their computer at any one time and he/she is distracted by the open windows and tabs around once every three minutes, research found.

Smartphones also have a big role to play when it comes to distractions.

Smartphones took up twice as much of the workers' time in 2015 than they did in 2012, with most people checking their phones around 200 times a day - or once every three minutes.

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Psychiatrist Dr Ned Hallowell said smarter people had difficulty prioritising because they tried to deal with each idea as it arose.

This issue leads to a "a feeling of inadequacy and inability to deal with the workload as a whole," said Hallowell.

He said it meant some people, who were hired for their intelligence, failed to fulfil their own and their bosses' expectations.

Bostjan Ljubic, of Steelcase, said: "Employers are always on the lookout for the brightest people available, however the difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions in the office affects smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more.

"The ways in which we work are changing more rapidly than ever before and the brain is being subjected to stresses and distractions which can lead to overload and statistics show that distractions in the workplace are on the rise," Ljubic added.

(In association with Mail Today Bureau)

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