Cutting down on distractions in the workplace is always a primary employer concern. Whether attempting to maintain employee productivity, communication, or safety, preventing diversions is a never-ending battle. Today, thanks to continually advancing technology, distractions are greater than ever. While the internet may be at the forefront of employee distraction, the iPod is not far behind.
Currently, over 40 million people worldwide use iPods. Undoubtedly, some of those devices are being used while in the workplace. Determining the distraction level of iPod use is difficult for employers.
Many individuals claim that listening to music allows them to work better and maintain focus. Additionally, iPods can be tremendously valuable if used properly for work related purposes. For instance, some companies have begun to create online podcasts containing workplace announcements or training sessions that can then be downloaded to an iPod.
In the end, it is the employer’s right to establish general workplace rules to minimize distractions, including the use of personal electronic devices. As such, it is advisable to review current policies and examine whether or not iPod use represents a problem, then establish and enforce a policy.