Distractions in the office that cause workers to lose concentration cost UK businesses some £139 billion a year, a survey has estimated.
A survey, by office equipment manufacturer Brother, found employers lost up to two hours from their working day because of noisy colleagues, mobile phones going off and e-mails arriving.
Nearly two thirds of workers complained they suffered up to 20 interruptions a day, something that cost businesses £4,903 per employee over the course of a year, Brother estimated.
Working from home, where there are often fewer interruptions, made workers 56 per cent more productive, it argued.
Communications director Mike Dinsdale said: “It’s important to achieve the right balance. Certain personalities thrive in a load, busy office environment, while others need a peaceful, soothing relaxed atmosphere to maximise their creativity.”
Just one per cent of office workers ever managed to get through a day without being interrupted, compared with 10 per cent of home workers, the survey added.