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Noise issues highlighted by workplace study

15 June 2016

A new survey has highlighted the issue of noise in the modern workplace, which is not understood by the majority of managers.

Conducted by Oxford Economics, it says that the results show that productivity is suffering as a result of intrusive noise.

The programme was designed to show what employers expect within their work environments and the steps executives can take to ensure staff are working more effectively.

Conducted in collaboration with Plantronics, the study included a global survey of over 1,200 senior executives and non-manager employees.

Respondents were involved in a variety of industries and the survey also included interviews with executives taking steps to deal with the challenges.

Key findings within the study showed that a desire to work without interruption is a top priority for employees in offices, with access to benefits such as free food much less important.

With regard to technology integration, only 40% said devices used at home integrate seamlessly with their work tools.

Over 33% said they use their devices out of habit or compulsion, fear of missing out or social pressure.

While almost 66% of executives said employees have the tools they need to deal with distractions at work, less than 50% of employees agreed.

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