#WorkTrends Recap: Maintaining Productivity in a Distracting Work Environment

There is a massive trend right now in the enterprise toward open office environments, and understanding how that trend impacts employees is important. IT should understand the distraction challenges that employees face in different environments. In addition, mobile workforces now face distractions in a wide variety of other environments.

On this week’s #WorkTrends show we were joined by Jennifer Adams, Head of Global Collaboration Markets for Plantronics. We discussed devices, such as noise canceling headphones, and other emerging technologies that are having a positive impact on productivity, careers, and quality of life.

Here are a few key points Jen shared:

  • Managers often don’t realize there is a noise problem in the workplace
  • Employees reported noise as one of the biggest distractions at work
  • Technology has allowed us to build better work environments with areas designated for collaboration and quiet

Missed the show? You can listen to the #WorkTrends podcast on our BlogTalk Radio channel here.

You can also check out the highlights of the conversation from our Storify here:

Didn’t make it to this week’s #WorkTrends show? Don’t worry, you can tune in and participate in the podcast and chat with us every Wednesday from 1-2pm ET (10-11am PT). Next week, on Aug 17, host Meghan M. Biro will be joined by Christopher Cumby, author and successful sales consultant to discuss how to build a rich and happy life.

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