Stress causes mind wandering at work to increase 200 to 300 per cent: report


Published April 14, 2021 at 12:47 am

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Do you find your mind wanders while you’re at work?

A recent study from Potential Project, a global research, leadership development, and consulting firm, found that 37 per cent of respondents get distracted while they’re supposed to be working.

According to the results, stress increases mind-wandering by 200 to 300 per cent, and by the end of the work week, those with elevated stress levels report experiencing mind-wandering for the majority—60 per cent—of their workday.

Additionally, employees whose work is purpose-driven are 30 per cent less stressed and 50 per cent more focused on their day-to-day tasks, while employees who get a good night’s sleep come to work with 15 per cent more focus, 20 per cent less stress and feel 25 per cent more in control.

Further, employees who practice mind-training techniques experience mind-wandering 50 per cent less frequently than those who don’t.

“It is vital, particularly now as organizations plan for a return to work, for us to deepen our understanding of what drives renewed engagement and sustained performance at work. Employees and leaders want to feel and perform better at work as we climb out of the pandemic,” Rasmus Hougaard, CEO of Potential Project, said in a news release.

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