Want To Boost Productivity? Try This $9 Fix

Friday, June 25, 2010 10:58
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Want To Boost Productivity? Try This $9 Fix

Interruptions force you to reboot your thought process. This one simple solution can help you maintain your focus throughout your workday.

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There are many advantages and disadvantages for advisors working in a collaborative environment. While being conducive for working together and leveraging effort, the environment lends itself to an array of audible distractions.

Loud cell phone ring tones, hallway conversations of passers-by, and this month, the raucous shouting of "GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL" certainly do nothing to help you keep your focus. A Google search of "office distractions and productivity" yields many studies of how seemingly innocuous distractions can easily rob you of minutes, or even hours, of productivity every day.

Fortunately there's a simple, inexpensive solution to combat these daily distractions and keep you on task. Headphones.

For as little as $9, you can buy over-the-ear headphones and reduce the chances of interruptions from external noise. Noise cancelling headphones are available starting at $30 that can cancel sounds from your building's air conditioning system or the street traffic outside.

Headphones are just one approach you can implement to minimize workplace distractions. What's important is that your environment support periods of uninterrupted focus time for you and your employees.

Does your firm welcome the use of headphones? Or do you have policies that prohibit their use? Please comment on how your firm addresses ambient noise and distractions in the workplace.

 

Comments (4)

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golden mesa
Many years ago my children were in elementary schoole and were offered the option of wearing ear protection much like construction workers wear. I tried them out and found that this is incredibly effective. More so than the noise cancelling headphones but they really lack in the style department!
golden mesa , June 30, 2010
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agluck
My company installed a VOIP phone system and most of the staff now use their computers as a phone, and they use headphones plugged into the computer.

We've experimented with numerous headsets but the favorite so far is a Logitech ClearChat. Since it covers both ears, it keeps out most of the noise. But sometimes people can hear each other's conversations.

I'd like to know if anyone has tried those devices meant to scramble conversations or drown them out with white noise. If you have tried that, please let us know that has worked.


agluck , June 30, 2010
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jfiege
Thanks for the recommendation of the Logitech ClearChat. Do you have any thoughts on a decent VOIP system for a 1-2 person office and which provider to use? Much appreciated!
a guest , July 01, 2010
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jhanahan
Regarding VOIP, we use SipVine. We bought 3 Linksys voip phones off ebay and started using SipVine. We have 2 lines and they offer auto attendant (ie: welcome to xyz company, for john doe press 1 for jane doe press 2. All voicemails go to our emails as attachments and I can take my office phone to any internet plug in and my phone will work. We also have the ability to forward calls to our cell phones, etc. I HIGHLY recommend this.
jhanahan , August 13, 2010

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