From open office spaces to a focus on collaboration, there can also be a pendulum swing in organizations where sometimes things go too far.
As I mentioned over the weekend, there are a number of studies exploring this topic of distraction including Udemy In Depth’s 2018 Workplace Distraction Survey. You can read it here.
The report asserts that distractions have an impact on productivity. Some of the distractions noted in that study are talkative co-workers, email and others.
Many of the distractions I hear of in the work of my clients are:
- Unscheduled meetings
- Co-workers dropping by to chat
- Social media which takes you “down the rabbit hole”
- Materials and information which are not readily accessible and have not been stored in the locations you thought they would be in
What are you doing to minimize the distractions? What do you find distracting?
What conversations are important to have?
Here are some other articles of interest:
Check out this article from Financial Times – “Digital Distractions are Making Us Dumb and Twitchy” which also includes some great tips from Professor Cal Newport.
Suresh Subamdam’s article on Is Your Work's Communication Channel Turning Your Team Into a Bunch of 'Slack'-ers?
Take a look at Digital Responsibility’s website and ideas on Digital Distraction.
Wishing you all the best,
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of multiple books including Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), PlanDoTrack (2019) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
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