Distraction impairs productivity. The experience is so common that most employees prefer workplaces that minimize distraction. One June 2016 study by Oxford Economics found that employees worldwide rated ‘the ability to focus and work without interruptions’ as most important in their work environment. However, some obvious sources of distraction, like smartphones and open offices, are increasingly popular. Respondents of the same study rated having the space to collaborate, and being able to use their devices everywhere as the next most important. (Subsidized food was near the bottom of the list, which I personally find shocking). The study suggests that open offices, Wi-Fi and smartphones are both a priority and a liability. It follows that effectively managing these collaborative opportunities is key to productivity, quality of work, and employee morale.