Top productivity killers in Canadian offices

Canadians want workspaces specially designed to minimize distraction

Top productivity killers in Canadian offices

It’s a noisy world out there. And much of that noise seeps through the modern workplace, according to a new productivity study.

Three in five workers, on average, are forced to fend off multiple disturbances in their workspace – so much so that they end up losing focus, a survey by co-working company iQ Offices showed.

What are the biggest productivity drains in Canadian workplaces?

  • Loud talkers and chatty colleagues (54%)
  • Noisy recreation areas and ‘distracting’ open-concept workspaces (49%)
  • Lack of a permanent desk/office (43%)

Canadians (73%) believe they could save up to two hours of work each day if they were placed in an office designed to minimize distraction.

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“Imagine what your business could accomplish if you gave the one to two hours of daily lost productivity back to your team,” said Kane Willmott, iQ Offices CEO and co-founder.

“Better work-life balance, better business performance,” he said.

Canadians rank physical environment challenges, such as nomad seating arrangements and distracting open-concept office designs, higher than other workload-related challenges, such as unexpected extra work (19%) or excessive email (17%).

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For Willmott, wellness features such as sit-stand desks and nap rooms are a better investment than noisy recreation areas when trying to boost team productivity and business performance.

Willmott’s top productivity hacks include white noise systems, extra sound-deadening materials, private work areas and office management support services.

“A mix of closed and open areas is optimal,” Willmott said. “The reality is people generally prefer this to open-concept workplaces.”

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