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.
This very common phrase is not used commonly enough in the office. It is used when someone burps or two individuals cross paths, but are they used enough in the workplace? The current trend in office design is an open concept. Cubicles with 6ft. high walls are out, and pods are in. Offices don't have doors or if they do, they are made of glass, as is the remainder of the office. The best leaders want everyone to be part of the team. We are also in the midst of communal office space, such as WeWork.
You are in the moment. Your mind is on fire. Ideas flow effortlessly from your mind and out through your fingertips . Total and complete focus encompasses you. It’s the closest thing to productivity bliss you have experienced in weeks—and then it happens. A small “ping” breaks through the wall of your concentration. It is not a loud noise. Nor is it particularly annoying. It is actually quite pleasant. It makes you feel needed. Someone cared enough to send you a message. But it carries with it nagging curiosity and an extremely strong compulsion to check the message. You resist. What if it was from your mother’s doctor? What if someone you loved was hit by a meteor? That could be it. Your mind tortures you using an infinity of “what ifs” until finally you check the message. You decide, “to take just a quick glance,” you lie to yourself. And there it is: “7 of the Funniest Baby/Kitten <anything that makes you laugh> Videos of All Time.”
Topics: Personal Productivity