Are the people in your office too chatty, the is copier a little too close to your desk or the heater overhead blasting? How is all that noise affecting your productivity?
The “open design” of most offices could be causing more stress than it’s relieving.
Some research indicates that office noise disrupts concentration, decreases productivity, and chips away at good health by increasing stress, writes Patrick Skerrett writes in the Harvard Business Review blog.
A noisy work environment can also impact your blood pressure or cardiovascular system, writes Skerrett, who is the editor of the Harvard Health Letter.