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Top five remote working distractions and productivity boosters revealed

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Virtual office provider Regus has revealed the top five distractions for remote workers, which were discovered following a survey of US staff who were forced to work from home during Hurricane Sandy.

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Virtual office provider Regus has revealed the top five distractions for remote workers, which were discovered following a survey of US staff who were forced to work from home during Hurricane Sandy. Cited by articles.sun-senitel.com, researchers garnered a response from two study groups - one national and one located in Miami - to find that almost half have concentration issues when working from home. Children and family wanting attention was the top concern, with 59 per cent in Miami and 58 per cent nationally citing this distraction. Telephone calls claimed second with 48 per cent in Miami and 44 per cent nationally expressing concerns, while household noises from bells, washing machines and dishwashers registered a response of 26 per cent in Miami and 25 per cent nationally. Other distractions included the temptation to switch on the television (31 per cent Miami, 23 per cent nationally) along with difficulties accessing office equipment (21 per cent Miami, 27 per cent nationally). There are of course many ways around such issues. Remote workers could hire a babysitter to supervise their brood on particularly important days, while those using an external garden office would be able to hide away from household noises and the dreaded TV set. Regus also suggested some productivity boosters, which included creating a strict routine and setting out rules with family for suitable times to get in contact. Others listed included keeping lines of work-related communication open and avoiding isolation by occasionally dropping into a collaborative working environment. These segments of advice could prove useful for the remote workers of Britain, as areas of the region remained devastated by severe flooding on Thursday. A total of 127 flood warnings and 137 flood alerts are still in place according to newstank.co.uk, which may cause thousands of workers to ply their trade at home until the situation improves.

Author:

Richard Towey

29th November 2012