And what are the biggest culprits? No surprise: noisy talkers, loud recreation, and open concept offices.
The article linked above references a study that was conducted in Canada, but there’s no reason to suspect that the experience of U.S. workers is any different. In the end, any savings in real estate expense must be outweighed by lost productivity due to noisy, distracting environments.
But is the productivity loss measureable? If yes, is it significant?
Yes and yes. According to a survey by coworking company iQ Offices, fighting distractions leads to “up to two hours per day of lost productivity.”
Two hours per day per employee. It adds up.