Co-workers now have more ways than ever to communicate with each other--email, inner-office communication software like Slack, and video conferencing by way of Skype and Google Hangouts, to name a few--but more communication doesn't always equal better work.

Distractions from information overload cost the U.S. economy a whopping $997 billion each year, according to a report from Information Overload Research Group, a technological researcher-focused nonprofit. Exhibit A, the average worker sends 4.73 texts, emails, or Snapchats during an in-person meeting, according to a recent report from video conferencing provider Highfive on workplace culture and communication. While some CEOs like Life is Good's Bert Jacobs, cuts down on distractions by not using email, not every office or CEO has the luxury to do so.

There are other ways, thankfully. But first, you'll need to assess your workplace distractions and attempt to figure out the biggest productivity busters. To find out more, check out the infographic from Highfive below. 

Infographic courtesy Highfive

Published on: Oct 20, 2015