Have trouble concentrating in an open floor office? That's because you are distracted by the noise in the office or because you are constantly eavesdropping on your coworkers.
Overheard work conversations can decrease productivity and increase the annoyance of other employees within earshot, according to a report by Time magazine.
"Surrounding conversations often disturb the business operations conducted in such open offices," Takahiro Tamesue, associate professor of engineering with Yamaguchi University in Japan, was quoted as saying by Time magazine.
"Because it is difficult to soundproof an open office, a way to mask meaningful speech with some other sound would be of great benefit for achieving a comfortable sound environment," he added.
A typical worker is only able to spend 11 minutes on a task before getting interrupted or moving on to another project, a study from the University of California, Irvine, found.
However, it can take approximately 23 minutes to get one's momentum back once workflow has been disrupted, said Professor Gloria Mark, who led the study.
As for employees already stuck in a poorly designed office space? You can always put on your headphones and listen to music without lyrics, which has been found to be relaxing (and not distracting) in stressful workplaces and enhance mental performance, the magazine advised.