How to avoid workplace distractions

How to avoid workplace distractions

How to avoid workplace distractions

One of the biggest deterrents to workplace productivity is constant interruption. But what’s causing these disruptions and how can you beat them? Experts weigh in on the most common workplace distractions and how to overcome them.

Here are the top five biggest workplace distractions and advice on how to beat them.

Smartphones/Internet/Social media: The easiest way to avoid this pitfall is to simply turn your phone off

Email: Set aside a few designated times during the day to read and respond to messages.

Meetings: Take concrete steps to ensure the right people are attending meetings, and that tangible action is taken after a meeting to avoid wasting time, energy and money.

Open-door policies: Set appointments with your staff instead of encouraging them to walk in whenever they’d like.

Coworkers: Don’t be afraid to speak up. Politely asking your neighbor to keep the noise down in the name of productivity and working together to come up with solutions for both of you can go a long way.

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for, covering IT careers, women in technology and diversity, as well as software, Agile, cloud tech, data center and security topics. For the last five years, Sharon worked as a freelance writer and project manager for technology vendors such as Microsoft, Fujitsu and Juniper Networks. She has also written for ChannelPro SMB magazine, CRN and among others. Previously, Sharon worked as a staff writer for eWEEK and Channel Insider.