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How Workplace Distractions Can Actually Improve Productivity

Forget everything you have been told and start talking to the person beside you. Conversing with your neighbor and having a little workplace distraction here and there will actually boost your productivity. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine discusses how workplace distractions can improve productivity.

Goof Off, Work Harder

In a recent study conducted by the human resources information systems company BambooHR, 1,005 U.S.-based employees were polled. The study uncovered that despite previous media-driven perceptions, talking at the water cooler or break room is still the most time-consuming workplace distraction in the office. Some companies may find this to be a waste of time and want to crack down on monitoring how employees spend their time, but that is actually going to have the reverse effect. Being mentally fatigued drastically decreases productivity, and engaging in simple conversation can be the batteries an employee needs to regain focus.

When employees have social connections at their place of employment, they tend to have increased performance and greater productivity. When employees are encouraged to take a little time to unwind and converse, there is a more positive corporate culture. Culture is pivotal in a market so rife with talent and competition. Organizations that are struggling to attract and retain their talent need to make efforts to make their employees feel more comfortable. There still need to be quiet, individual places for employees to work, but having open areas for them to communicate with their peers encourages collaboration.

Quick recaps of last night’s new episode of the latest TV show additionally increase trust and respect with senior level management. If employees fear their superiors, the business will suffer. Talking with superiors on neutral territory levels the playing field and encourages further communication.

Employees want a workplace where they can communicate and collaborate. They want to build friendships because engaging in social activities is a portion of what office life is all about. You can read the original article here: http://www.cio.com/article/3019110/careers-staffing/how-workplace-distractions-can-actually-boost-productivity.html

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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