It turns out the most distracting thing in your office isn’t the constant stream of email, Facebook, or even your iPhone.
In fact, the number one distraction at work is pretty low-tech and has been around for centuries: noisy colleagues.
According to a recent survey by workplace designers Maris Interiors, for 48% of us, it’s the loud voices of co-workers that we find most distracting, and the reason why we don’t get any work done. Impromptu meetings are the next biggest distraction. 34% of us aren’t keen on colleagues dropping by our desks to have a ‘little chat’ about work.
What the poll really highlights is how important ‘me time’ is for us at work. 83% of us ideally prefer to work alone, saying that’s when we get the most work done.
“It’s nice to have a bit of peace and quiet in the office,” says Maris Interiors Managing Director David Cannon. “But that can’t work all the time, because we obviously also need to collaborate and communicate. And if the guy at the desk next door never shuts up, there’s always earplugs!”
Notes For The Editor:
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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