Noisy co-workers irk employees

Singapore -  Your gossipy colleagues may just be the reason why you just can’t seem to get any work done in the office.  

According to a recent survey by Robert Walters in July, 49 percent of Singapore employees polled said their talkative colleagues were their biggest sources of distraction. This was followed by personal e-mail and internet browsing, social network sites and smoke breaks.

Andrea Ross, managing director of Robert Walters Singapore says, “Informal conversations can fuel productivity but a lot of the time professionals are engaging in conversations with colleagues out of politeness. With most offices now being open concept, other people’s conversations can be hard to avoid.”

But there are benefits to the occasional chat, as it can be a welcome break and can spark new ideas as well. Ultimately, Ross says, “There is a balance that needs to be struck.”

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