There was a Ted talk about how people who are good employees don’t prefer to work at their work place and for good reason. Companies pay all this money for their employees to be productive during the work day but they don’t have the time to work on their own because of meetings that don’t truly have any relevance to what they need to know or accomplish. Where do people prefer to work? Anywhere but at their office.
This has been a problem for me in the past where as a manager we had to attend department head meetings, which served no purpose except for our market manager. That was an hour minimum lost every week. The other issue was when I had coworkers decide to pop in and chat about life when I was swamped. The spontaneous conversations can keep your day fresh but take up time if you respond. Ultimately, working on the weekend, from home or at the local coffee shop all seem like the right option. The common denominator? They are all the distractions that halt productivity.