According to Gensler’s 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey, only 1 in 4 U.S. workers are employed in an “optimal” workplace environment. Here’s what they found:

  • 53% of employees are disturbed by others when trying to focus
  • 42% of employees use makeshift solutions to block out distractions in the workplace
  • 77% of employees prefer quiet when they need to focus
  • With 70% of our workforce employed in open space work environments, you can imagine these privacy and focus needs are not being met.

When employees are distracted by interruptions, they make 50% more mistakes and take 2 times as long to finish the task at hand. Learn more about misconceptions about the benefits of an open office space in this infographic from San Diego Office Furniture & Modular Design.

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Misconceptions About the Benefits of an Open Office Space

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Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders' Zone, a construction / home improvement portal. Follow +Irma Wallace on Google + as well as Twitter.

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