America’s national obsession with White House revelations tumbling out on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis appears to be sapping productivity.
We’ve had survey data for a while to suggest a hit on US productivity was coming. A February survey commissioned by goal-tracking software BetterWorks found almost a third of American workers reported lower productivity at work since the 2016 election. The survey of 500 full-time workers found about half had engaged in political arguments at work and 87% were reading political social-media posts on the clock. A second survey by the American Psychological Association (pdf) in September found one in four US employees were negatively affected by political talk at work, with those under the age of 34 particularly hard hit.
It’s finally seems to have taken a toll.