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Saturday, March 8 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Workplace Distractions: A New Focus on Focus

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Distracted at the office? You’re not alone. Studies show 3 of 4 employees feel they aren’t effective at work with distractions pulling their focus to anything but the task at hand. But in a modern world seemingly custom built to distract, most people spend their work day focused on what is around them physically and virtually to the detriment of what is in front of them. This panel will tackle the challenges of focus work from a variety of perspectives with panelists including a workplace architect, an academic studying distraction in the workplace, and a behavioral researcher harnessing big data via sociometrics to understand and enhance employee collaboration. Moderated by a workplace journalist, the panel will explore the latest research to understand the importance of focus in the workplace, the cost of workplace distraction, how to stay focused in the midst of a chaotic workplace, and despite recent research to the contrary, why focus perhaps is not all it is cracked up to be.

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Gloria Mark

Professor, Dept of InformaticsGloria Mark is a Professor in the Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD from Columbia University. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of collaborative information systems and she has over 100 peer-reviewed... Read More →
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Janet Pogue

Principal, Global Workplace LeaderGenslerJanet is the global leader of Gensler’s workplace practice area. She was instrumental in developing Gensler's workplace research program, and in the development of the firm's 2006, 2008, and 2013 Workplace Survey, and in developing the Workplace... Read More →
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Rachel Silverman

EditorThe Wall Street JournalRachel Emma Silverman is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, currently on leave on a Nieman journalism fellowship at Harvard University. She covers management and workplace issues, writing features on topics such as workplace design, office distractions... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom 300 E 4th St

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