Findings of research undertaken on behalf of UK conference and event venue The QEII Centre, indicate an increasingly distracted UK workforce, with 94% of London based office professionals stating they work with colleagues they’ve never met.
The findings of the research, which have been published in a report called The Distracted Economy, takes a deep dive into the issue of distraction, looking at why we’re not paying attention in business meetings and events and who is being impacted the most.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a shift to remote working, which has become commonplace. It has resulted in a transformation for many businesses and impacted our social skills and how we work with colleagues.
The findings show that 96% of 18 to 24 year olds report working with colleagues or clients they’ve never met, while 80% of respondents aged 45 and above find themselves in a similar situation. And 94% of respondents in age groups in London work with colleagues or clients they’ve never met.
On average, professionals now spend approximately four hours per week in virtual meetings, surpassing the 3.3 hours per week dedicated to physical meetings.