Whether it’s a noisy coworker, social media, or your micromanaging boss, everyone has to deal with distractions at work. How you deal with them (and whether they remain distractions or inspirations) is largely up to you. This week’s 5 for Friday is designed to help you stay focused.
- The 3 Biggest Workplace Distractions. CNN Money: “Almost all of the survey respondents — 89% — said they are most productive when working alone, but only 29% would prefer to telecommute. The most common distraction in the office, cited by 63%, is “loud colleagues.” (Noise-cancelling headphones, anyone?)”
- Should Employees Access Social Media at Work? Business Review Canada: “Some studies show that employees who access social media from work can actually be more productive. Employees who reward themselves by going on Facebook for a few minutes when a task is completed might be more motivated to finish the task.”
- How To Avoid Distractions In The Workplace. Forbes: “Though the frequency and nature of distractions depends on your line of work, office setup, workplace culture, and the size of your company, among other things, there are a number of common workplace disruptions that many of us endure. Those include: unceasing e-mail (personal and work), text messages, social media and other websites not related to work, personal calls, co-worker or client interruptions, last minute requests, unscheduled meetings, audible distractions (i.e. music, television, e-mail alerts, IM’s, phones ringing, other people’s phone conversations, noisy copy machines or printers, people or vehicles going by outside your window, elevator doors or restroom doors opening and closing, etc.), gossiping co-workers, and micromanaging supervisors.”
- Smart Ways to Tackle Workplace Interruptions. Financial Times Press: “Generally, workplace interruptions are deemed to be negative. But the impact of similar interruptions on different people can vary by degrees of intensity. In short, personal factors play a role in how people feel about such interruptions, as well as in how they choose to respond to them.”
- Microsoft: “Social Media Boosts Productivity at Work.” Digital Parc: “According to the numbers, it is easy to conclude that banning social media in the workplace is becoming useless. In a separate study, conducted by KMPG, found that job satisfaction is a clear indicator to keep social media alive in the office. This is because 63% of employees at organizations with open policies on social media said they were satisfied with their job, and in opposition, only 41% of employees with social media restrictions said they were satisfied with their job—a 22% difference.”