Shh! Noisy, open-plan offices are distracting your employees

Shh! Noisy, open-plan offices are distracting your employees

Trying to get work done while people are chatting, phones are ringing, and printers are buzzing can be a major challenge for the workforce – but executives don’t understand the extent of the problem these distractions cause.

Research from Plantronics has found that only one per cent of employees (down from 20% in 2015) say they are able to block out distractions and concentrate without taking extra steps in the office.

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Comments (1)

  • Boris
    Boris
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 2:49pm BST
    At last, someone's finally realised and reported on something I've been trying to get across to management for years. I've worked in my fair share of offices and the vast majority are open plan, which is great if you need fast access to others in your team, but not so good when you want to try and get on with things.
    While I don't think the answer is to provide everyone with enclosed offices it would be a good idea to have designated quiet zones to enable people to get away. If you're on a deadline or writing a report and need to focus it can be hard when everyone else is joking about their weekend or discussing things.

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