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Managing Noise: While On the Go
Technology has transformed the workplace from the traditional office into just about any place where work can get done. Today, two-thirds of the North American and European workforce reported spending at least some time working outside a corporate office.1 Mobile collaboration accounts for that major shift, promising increased employee collaboration and productivity via simplified communication. But this exciting new business reality is not without its challenges, the biggest of which is background noise.
More than 64% of employees have been distracted by background noise around them when on a conference call,2 including sirens blaring, dogs barking and even toilets flushing!2 That can make employees and your company appear anything but professional. And, with 53% of employees pointing to its negative effects on productivity3 and well-being, the impact of noise on business performance can be substantial. It disrupts an employee’s ability to focus and communicate, which reduces their performance and, ultimately, your profitability.3 That’s why a noise strategy for your mobile workforce is essential.
1TJ Keitt, “Framing The Business and IT Impact of Mobile and Remote Work,” January 27, 2012, available from Forrester Research.
2Plantronics Global Meeting Productivity Survey, September 2015.
3Oxford Economics, “When the Walls Come Down – The Evolution of the Workplace.”