Tag Archive | distractions

Everybody loves to hate the open office, but is it dead yet?

(This post originally appeared on Philly.com)

When I started working at my first job after college in the mid-1980s, the typical office was made up of cubicles, where every employee had his or her own private space. Offices have changed a lot since then. Now open-plan spaces, where workers share desks in large rooms without any barriers or cubicles blocking their views, seem to be everywhere.

Many large companies — from Apple to co-working locations, such as WeWork — have replaced ugly and claustrophobic little rooms with bright, open-space areas that offer wide views and a more team-oriented environment. Open-plan offices promised to help employees collaborate better and be more productive, improve workers’ health, reduce construction costs, and provide more flexibility as the workplace changes. Read More…

Business owners, hedge your March Madness bets: it’s costing you $13.3bn

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

If you’re a business owner and putting some bets on your favorite college team during the NCAA tournament, you might want to up the ante. You’re going to need those winnings to pay for all the money you’re about to lose.

That’s because your company is about to forgo about $13.3bn in lost productivity that March Madness will cost American businesses, according to a recent report from outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas.

“Streaming games during work hours, heading to a local restaurant to watch the games, filling out brackets, or just discussing the games with co-workers will mean hours of distractions during the three-week tournament,” Andrew Challenger, vice-president at the company, warned in a press release. Read More…

Did the Kavanaugh hearing just cost US employers $1.76bn?

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

You can say one thing about Challenger, Gray & Christmas: for a company with such a festive component to their name, they sure know how to ruin a party.

Over the past year or so, the outplacement firm’s researchers have given employers all sorts of reasons to dread any events that rivets the nation. For example, the firm reported that last year’s NCAA tournament and Super Bowl would cost employers $2.3bn and $3 bn, respectively in lost employee productivity.

They took the fun out of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by revealing that the distractions caused by the movie would come at a billion-dollar expense to businesses. They attacked the Chicago Cubs postseason run last year by warning local employers that their people would be watching the game and not doing work to the tune of $24m. They even questioned the fun we had with science in 2017 when they reported that all those people running from their desks to enjoy the solar eclipse came at a $700m expense to their employers. Read More…