Intelligent people are easily distracted

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The inability to concentrate on tasks for extended amounts of time is usually seen as a bad thing. But a new study suggests people who are easily distracted may actually be intellectually superior to their colleagues.

According to psychiatrist Dr Ned Hallowell, clever people find it difficult to prioritise which idea to focus on and often suffer from “a feeling of inadequacy and inability to deal with the workload as a whole”.

Bostjan Ljubic, Vice President of Steelcase, who published the research, says that while employers search for the most intelligent candidates, distractions affect smart people more than others. And in a world where employees are facing more stress than ever before, disruptions to productivity are on the rise, partly owing to an increase in technology.

The research shows the average office worker is distracted once every three minutes.

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    Molly Dyson

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