There’s Good News If You’re Easily Distracted At Work

By : Ben Hayward |


If you find yourself getting easily distracted at work, it may not actually be such a bad thing.

According to a new study, published by Steelcase, workers who have trouble concentrating on a daily basis may actually be intellectually superior to their colleagues, reports the Telegraph.

The study looked at 10,000 workers from 17 different countries and also found that the increased use of technology in the workplace has made it more difficult for staff to stay focused. It also discovered that the average office worker now gets distracted once every three minutes.


Psychiatrist Dr Ned Hallowell, thinks intelligent people may find it difficult to focus their minds because of all the amazing ideas fighting for space in their genius brains.

He told the Telegraph:

The cleverest people find it difficult to prioritise their ideas, with the distractions potentially leading to a feeling of inadequacy and inability to deal with the workload as a whole.

Bostjan Ljubic, Vice President of Steelcase said:

Employers are always on the lookout for the brightest people, however the difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions affects smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more.

The brain is subjected to distractions which can lead to overload, and statistics show that distractions in the workplace are on the rise.


So the more distracted you are, the higher your intelligence, I guess that means… Hey, look a squirrel!


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