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Workers 'mired in details'

NEWS

NEARLY two-thirds of workers in the construction industry want to be more productive but are getting too bogged down in everyday details to achieve their aims.

A survey for the Department of Trade of Industry said 59 per cent of workers were being waylaid by day-to-day distractions, meaning 54 per cent of the 500 people surveyed felt they 'were reasonably, rather than highly, productive' Six out of 10 respondents said they would apply for a job with a firm that offered flexible working opportunities.

And nearly 90 per cent said full and fulfilling work would make them more committed to their company.

New technology also came in for criticism, with just under half of those responding considering emails that were not directly relevant to their day-to-day job a problem.