Here are the top productivity killers according to popular recent polls. They are broken down into two areas: Environmental issues revolving on the workplace and Distractions issues dealing with co-workers.
In a recent poll from Lee Hecht Harrison the number one issue keeping employees from being more productive is talkative coworkers. An overwhelming 45% of those surveyed identified talkative coworkers as the most disruptive or distracting thing at work. This is more than double the second most disruptive, distracting thing.
Workplace conversations include direct discussions between two or more employees. They seem harmless enough but their impact goes beyond the two involved as they are also a distraction to all employees within earshot. With most offices being designed to encourage employees to learn from one another it is very difficult to get away from all conversations in the workplace. In fact, in some working environments employees find conversation to be extremely useful in their growth as an individual. It is in this overhearing how a coworker has resolved a problem that the eavesdropper can learn how to handle a similar situation should they ever have to.
If we acknowledge some workplace conversation is beneficial for employee growth and we know that conversation in general is disruptive it is imperative to limit nonessential conversation. Just as smokers are allowed to step away for cigarette, employees discussing lengthy or complex issues need to step away from the work area, even if the conversation would be beneficial to others.
Click here for the top 10 distraction impediments to productivity, according to research by Career Builder of Chicago .
The balance of the Lee Hecht Harrison survey of 848 US workers was environmental issues. Click here to see the top 5.