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Productivity, interrupted

Vijay Ramachandran | March 20, 2014
A study, conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, found that “workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ”.

A Danish study even found that the higher the density of employees in a room the higher the levels of sick leave they took. And, of course add in the noise, the constant interruptions, the espousal of multi-tasking as today’s corporate prerequisite, and you’ve got a recipe for overwhelming any individual. If that doesn’t truly describe a stressful working environment, what does? Multitasking and dumb methods of forcing collaboration like open-plan offices cost us and our organizations dearly in productivity losses and bad decision making.

So what is the option? Get employees to work out of a caves in a deep jungle away from constantly being bothered? Or, perhaps you can actually create zones in your offices that provide your staffers some much needed ‘me’ time and space to help them gather their thoughts, focus their attention, and, yes, also collaborate. That would be a smart-office, wouldn’t it?Where do you stand on this? Mail me your thoughts.

Source: ChannelWorld India


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