Office Talk on KYW Newsradio

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Exacerbated by the proliferation of open space environments, interruptions are an ever-present, inevitable daily reality.  Here are ways to give yourself privacy and uninterrupted quiet when you need it.

If you have a door, close it.

  • Turn your back to the main thoroughfare to avoid eye contact with passersby.
  • Don’t answer your phone, including your mobile.
  • Turn off email, text and message notifications.
  • Reserve a conference room or empty office.
  • Utilize space on a different floor or at a different worksite.
  • Work from home.
  • Establish a pattern:  set aside a specific time and during which you wont’ be available.  Tell those who need to know.
  • If you are interrupted, say, “I’ll be back by…, so unless this is a major emergency, let’s talk then.”
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