New research on being your best self at work reveals even the most highly motivated employees report being disengaged at work, a seeming contradiction that reflects the intensity of today’s workflow as well as generational differences.
Good news! Almost all American workers feel driven in the workplace and are motivated at work (93%). More than half say they are very motivated, and 88% say they give their job their all. It’s great to hear that the vast majority of workers still have their eye on the job.
Despite being highly motivated, virtually all workers “check out” every day for at least one hour, beyond lunch and other scheduled breaks.
Disengaging for over 60 minutes a day, when added up over the course of a year, is the equivalent of 6+ weeks. In other words, not starting the work year until Valentine's Day!
Twenty-eight percent of modern workers who say they are motivated at work admit to disengaging for over an hour a day. But getting distracted and detaching from work isn’t just a trend among junior and mid-level employees—a significant 22% of C-suite members and 34% of directors and managers tune out for more than one hour every day.
Generation Z and Millennials are nearly twice as likely as their Generation X and Boomer counterparts to disengage at work for an hour or more. On the other hand, interestingly, this younger group feels largely no less motivated than any other age group to do their best at work.
Although this seems disheartening, it’s all about striking the right balance. As this research shows, a couple of short breaks throughout the day can play a vital role in boosting work performance.
Collaboration fuels motivation
Collaboration apps, like team messaging and video meetings, make it easier to keep teams on track. According to RingCentral’s recent app overload report, workers find team messaging–centric platforms to be the least disruptive work activity and prefer a single platform for all their communications.
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