We all know how hard it is to ask someone else to “be quiet” – most of us will just try to focus harder while being distracted by our colleagues talking around us – but what if we were empowered to remove ourselves from the situation and easily relocate to a quiet space where no one would interrupt us?
Managing noise can sometimes be solved simply by things such as
- providing mobility devices that allow people to “work anywhere” and easy access to alternative spaces that are set up for you to work.
- having a telephony system to make and receive calls “from anywhere”
- having teams agree on some simple “use of space” and “etiquette” so there is alignment on noisy and quite areas and when to interrupt someone.
- Working with leaders to support outcomes based management and reduce requirements for presenteeism.
Using the same space, but changing the technology and behavior, employees can get the benefits of ad-hoc collaboration but also the quiet high focus uninterrupted time they need.
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