Workers Weigh in on Biggest Office Distraction – and it’s Not What You’d Think

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Constant emails. Checking social media. Texting.

While there are plenty of tech-related distractions in today's workplace, a recent survey by Cambridge Sound Management says there's one productivity killer that trumps all the others: noise.

The survey says noise -  including coworker's conversations and open office sounds - distracts nearly half of all office workers. The distraction comes into play because the brain is wired to cognitively process the words in the overheard telephone call or conversation, according to Fast Company.

To avoid this issue, some consultants have gone so far as to suggest office rules such as No Talk Thursdays, which would aim to lessen the volume of chatter and remove the element of wasted time in meetings.

Still, many experts say a silent workplace is not the solution. An environment that is too quiet can be just as distracting, according to the survey. Instead, creating areas of the office that are separated for quiet work zones or to have private conversations could be key to maintaining productivity.

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