Managing Distractions in the Workplace

TalkShop Managing Distraction TipsDistractions are part of the territory in any workplace, More so in today’s open-space plans with low cubicle walls and no doors. This allows greater interaction which can be a good thing, within bounds. But when distractions get out of hand, it can affect productivity adversely, leading to backlogs and stress.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO advises, “It is best to identify the sources of disruption so they are properly addressed. Any office has its own share – cellphone use, offensive cellphone ring tones, loud voices, noisy and chatty peers, long meetings, and horse play among workers.

While some are more tolerant of noise and distractions, others require silence to focus. How does one cope amid the distractions, while still maintaining good relations with co-workers. Viesca offers these tips:

1. Come to work early to use the first hour as headway for complicated tasks.

2. Limit unscheduled meetings. When unavoidable, schedule this on your time so you can leave when you wish.

3. Set up a “Do not disturb” sign outside your cubicle. Some have resorted to arm bands for some peace and quiet.

To help make the office conducive for work, leaders and managers should pay attention to how the level of noise and distractions affect workers, and address these to set a positive and healthy environment into place,” adds Viesca.

TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified training facility shows teams how to work more intelligently, in less time, no stress, and better results.


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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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