Workplace Distractions: A New Focus on Focus
Distracted at the office? You’re not alone. Studies show 3 of 4 employees feel they aren’t effective at work with distractions pulling their focus to anything but the task at hand. But in a modern world seemingly custom built to distract, most people spend their work day focused on what is around them physically and virtually to the detriment of what is in front of them. This panel will tackle the challenges of focus work from a variety of perspectives with panelists including a workplace architect, an academic studying distraction in the workplace, and a behavioral researcher harnessing big data via sociometrics to understand and enhance employee collaboration. Moderated by a workplace journalist, the panel will explore the latest research to understand the importance of focus in the workplace, the cost of workplace distraction, how to stay focused in the midst of a chaotic workplace, and despite recent research to the contrary, why focus perhaps is not all it is cracked up to be.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Why is focus so important in the workplace and what impact does focus, or lack of it, have on productivity?
- How can I focus more effectively in my workplace?
- Why are distractions so pervasive in the workplace and what strategies, policies, and solutions can companies consider to create a distraction-free workplace?
- If focus is so important, what does that mean for workstyles like collaboration that are shown to help connect employees and foster idea sharing? Has focus thrown them under the bus?
- How can organizations create a workplace that enhances focus but also provides employees with the tools they need to collaborate effectively?
- Gloria Mark University of California, Irvine
- Ben Waber Sociometric Solutions
- Janet Pogue Gensler
- Rachel Emma Silverman Wall Street Journal
Monica Schaffer Gensler
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