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Employees More Distracted by Their Spouse Than Their Cell Phone While at Work


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Date: June 12 2012

CHICAGO – June 12, 2012 – One in five employees say “personal relationship issues” is their biggest distraction at work, according to a Tell It Now(SM) poll released today by ComPsych Corporation. In the same poll, only 4 percent said personal communications (cell phone, e-mail/instant messenger, social media) was their top distraction in the workplace. ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and leading provider of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources brand.

“Relationship problems continue to be a top reason for calls to ComPsych,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “These issues, when they happen, can occupy a significant amount of a person’s time and attention, making it very difficult to focus at work.

“We remind people to use the EAP for counseling related to marital and relationship issues,” he added. “Having healthy, well-functioning relationships is obviously good for both the employer and the employee.”

Employees were asked:  When at work, what is your biggest distraction?

22 percent said “personal relationship issues”
19 percent said “coworkers who want to chat”
16 percent said “challenges with work relationships”
15 percent said “financial/legal problems”
11 percent said “child-related or caregiving issues”
6 percent said “personal health problems”
4 percent said “personal communications” (cell phone, e-mail/instant messenger, social media)

7 percent said  “other”

About ComPsych
ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 15,000 organizations covering more than 40 million individuals throughout the U.S. and over 100 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ComPsych.



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