Think Before You Interrupt

I designed this short ten-to-fifteen minute training using Microsoft PowerPoint to address a major problem in the contemporary workplace: disruptions from co-workers. Here, adult learners discuss body language and whether a co-worker is in deep focus or more open to a work-related interruption.

Work place interruptions are a serious problem for a worker’s happiness and the company’s bottom line. One study by the International Journal of Stress Management found that workers who are frequently interrupted reported 9 percent higher exhaustion rates. Another study by researchers at UC Irvine found that people spend an average of 11 minutes on a project before they’re interrupted, and it takes a worker an average 25 minutes to get back to the point they were at before the distraction. Basex Research has estimated that the effects of interruptions on a worker’s productivity, energy, and work satisfaction has cost an estimated $588 billion a year in the U.S.

Needless to say, Think before your Interrupt a colleague at work!

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Petra Neiger, Founder, Red Pantz, “6 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Workplace Interruptions and What You Can Do,” Training Magazine, November 20, 2017.


Published by Jennifer

I am instructional designer and learning and development specialist.

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