Shhhh, people are working!

by | Jul 21, 2014 | Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

While many of us would probably prefer a private office with a door, open-plan offices are becoming more and more common in businesses worldwide. The benefits are clear: they are cost-effective, improve communication and collaboration, reduce ‘loafing’ and can increase productivity. There is also a downside: it can be difficult to concentrate with overwhelming distractions like phones ringing, colleagues talking and walking around and office equipment running. Last week I spoke about being mindful and with this in mind ;), I thought it was time to remind ourselves of some basics that can help us all take Key Steps to…

Curb Noise Pollution

1.Keep the noise level down. Don’t use speaker phone (find private venues for conference calls) and mute the sounds on your PC (incoming email alarms can drive colleagues crazy). And remember that others can hear your phone conversations, so keep your voice down.

2.Manage your phones. The ringing of desk phones and mobile phones is one of the main sources of noise in an open plan office, so be considerate. Turn down the volume of your phone, answer it within three rings and if you will be away from your desk for a long period of time, have your phone diverted directly to voicemail or an alternative number.

3.Minimise distractions. As mentioned, using earphones helps to avoid disturbing others and it’s a great way to block out office noise. Listen to music, or try the free SimplyNoise white noise generator to mask sounds.

We all contribute and call all reduce the noise levels in our office. Let’s take key steps together this week and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’