Distractions, distractions, distractions
08.25.2010
Lisa Bottom in Collaboration, Distractions, Focus Work, Focus on Focus, San Francisco, Workplace Design

“How on earth can I get my job done when I’m at the office? Someone is always interrupting me!” 

“I’d get more done if I called in sick and worked from home!”

“This drives me crazy—I can never find my team. Where are they all? Did X go home???”

If these statements sound like the soundtrack inside your head, you’re not alone. We are working in a business culture increasingly focused on the team. Work environments are being designed to encourage interaction and support teamwork, but we’re all still expected to get our individual work done. We need to be in the office so we’re available to the team, but we then face constant interruption from other team members. 

Have you ever felt completely frustrated by the number of interruptions you have when you’re at work? I know I have. I often find that I simply cannot get all the “heads down” time I need at my desk, and I know I’m not alone.

In a series of blog posts, I will be exploring the issues surrounding distraction in the workplace, how to find the sweet spot of balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the team, and exploring what constitutes a boundary. My goal? To figure out ways that we can make the office a better place to work, both for us (okay, for myself!), and for our clients.

So, if this subject intrigues you, here is Question Number One: What are that top 3 distractions that keep you from getting work done at the office?

I will be sharing your responses and some thoughts in my next blog post.

Erik Lucken
Lisa Bottom is a Principal in Gensler’s San Francisco office focused on work with law firms and professional practice organizations, as well as participation in the Product Design practice. Her passion is developing a culture of excellence in client service. Contact her at lisa_bottom@gensler.com.
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