Study: Workers waste 32 days per year juggling tech, app overload

Technology can streamline communication, but using too many channels can stifle productivity, lower morale and squander a stunning amount of time.

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American workers typically get just two weeks’ vacation per year, but a jarring number of them are frittering away twice that amount of time.

According to research procured by RingCentral, 69 percent of workers waste upward of 60 minutes a day “navigating between apps,” which adds up to 32 days a year. That’s more than six workweeks’ worth of productivity down the drain, lost in a sea of apps used for phone calls, texts, email, meetings, video conferences, chat and collaboration.

Rather than saving time and streamlining internal messaging, the proliferation of platforms and the overwhelming array of options apparently are causing communication chaos. Workers are struggling as a result. RingCentral’s survey found:

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