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Leave the Office Earlier: How to Strike a Balance Between Workplace Productivity and Employee Burnout by Laura Stack

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Reducing Interruptions

 

Some jobs require interruptions; however, an interruption every six minutes is not productive. Worse, organizational studies have shown that it’s much harder to get someone to get out of a chair than to sit down.  Once someone is planted in your office, it’s harder to get them to leave.  But even with an open door policy, you can still do your work if you’ll establish certain codes and procedures: 

 

Use an understood signal that you are busy.  

Create a priority system

o Type 1:  The world will stop turning if you don’t communicate at that moment.

o Type 2:  Needs a yes or no answer.  Save them up and interrupt once.

o Type 3:  Others could perhaps answer the question.

o Type 4:  People are being lazy and ...

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