How to Minimise Distractions in the Workplace

Distractions come in many forms. From inconvenient phone calls to chatty colleagues and long client emails, every little interruption can have a negative impact on employee productivity. 

With as many as 70% of workers admitting they feel distracted while they're at work, it's time to take the necessary steps to minimise these distractions, to set your employees up for success.

Here are some ideas for creating an office environment that reduces distractions and encourages productivity. 

Consider Your Acoustics

Excessive noise is often the main factor that causes distractions in the workplace. There's nothing worse than getting into the flow of work, only to be interrupted by echoing footsteps, the loud chatter of noisy colleagues, or the reverberating hum of the office aircon. 

That's why good acoustics are key. 

Acoustic panels can help absorb any unwanted noise like echoes or outside sounds from the surrounding office space. This makes it easier to concentrate and hold conversations at manageable volumes, which can help improve productivity. Plus, acoustic panels in pods or meeting areas provide an added layer of privacy, so your team can work in peace.

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Provide Breakout Spaces

Sitting at the same desk all day doesn't exactly inspire creativity. If you confine your employees to the same spot, they're bound to get distracted and lose focus. 

Break out spaces offer a much-needed respite. 

They offer the opportunity for a change of scenery, a chance to refresh, and a place to get away from the usual office commotion. Regular breaks also help employees to focus more effectively when they return to work. 

Kit out your break out spaces with attractive office furniture, comfy sofas or chairs, and private pods for reflection. Giving your employees the option for quiet working or collaboration and socialising will help to nourish creativity, so they'll come back to their desk ready to work. 

Remove Unnecessary Clutter 

A messy, disorganised desk is going to hinder your ability to focus. Your brain is wired to react to its surroundings, and if that environment is a jumbled mess of notes, discarded post-its and empty fountain pens, you're bound to get distracted. 

So, take a look around your desk and remove anything that isn't absolutely necessary. Keep the relevant paperwork for the assignments, projects, or case studies that you're currently working on, and file away everything else.

You should also make distracting items harder to reach. This means putting your phone (or any other distracting tech!) away in your bag or putting it on silent. You'll thank us later. 

It's Time for Focus

If your employees are finding it increasingly hard to focus while they're at work, don't panic.

Remember:

  • Make sure your work environment isn't overly loud and there's space to focus,

  • Give your employees regular breaks, 

  • Clear your workspace of any distracting clutter.

Get these fundamentals nailed down, and you'll set your people up for success.

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