Why reducing workplace distractions includes using your five senses

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How can you make a workplace less distracting? Use your five senses. Yes, the ones we learned about in elementary school

Sight. Sound. Touch. Smell. Taste.

Recently, I shared how you can leverage these five senses to create the optimal atmosphere for meetings or negotiations on the Negotiate Anything Podcast with Kwame Christian Esq., M.A.

You want to minimize any distractions during a meeting so that the attendees can focus fully on the conversation. While I go into more detail in the podcast clip below, here is the basic summary:

1. Sight – Reduce visual distractions such as an open window or text-heavy posters.

2. Sound – Minimize any background noises.

3. Touch – Make sure chairs are ergonomically designed.

4. Smell – Eliminate unusual “phantom odors,” good or bad.

5. Taste – Provide simple, unpackaged snacks and water for longer meetings to reduce the distraction of hunger.

What advice do you have for making a room distraction-free to minimize switchtasking during a meeting?

 

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