Workplace Distractions

A recent article, 3 Major Distractions in Your Workplace (and How to Beat Them) by Andre Lavoie says that there are some form of distraction in every workplace that can harm productivity, focus and employee morale.

Here are three serious distractions afflicting the workplace and how employers can correct them.

1. Inflexible, strict policies

Punctuality is evidently an essential factor in running a successful organization. Thus a lot of employers in plug-and-play offices implement insensible punishments for tardiness to coerce employees to arrive on time. Nevertheless, if employees are upset and jumpy during their traffic-heavy commute, they’re starting off the day with more stress. This can impair overall employee morale, especially for those who travel long distances five days a week.  As a consequence, they may be showing up to work already exhausted and unfocused.

As long as tardiness doesn’t affect productivity, offer flextime or show more flexibility. If possible you can allow your employees from distant places to work from home or in a shared office space near them at least once a week.

2. Office favoritism

Employees lose their focus and become demoralized if certain team members (those who “suck up” to management) find and get favor from management.

Conduct performance appraisal and use those data to recognize those who really deserve it.

3. Unrealistic/Stretch goals

Many employers set “stretch goals” to compel employees to exceed expectations and reach the utmost performance.  Nevertheless, if you set expectations beyond current capabilities, employees may become overwhelmed and apprehensive and lose their focus on their performance.

Instead, book a meeting room and discuss with your team about what goals are more reasonable, and then schedule ongoing deliberations.  This way, they can give their feedback and at the same time continually look at their performance to track their development toward goals.


These three common distractions can certainly break employee engagement. On the contrary, prioritizing your employee morale will promote efficiency and productivity.  YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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