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.