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Even if productivity is minimally impacted because an employee is working extra-long hours to get everything done, confidence and the ability to focus are adversely impacted.

In this unique time in our lives, we are getting unexpected glimpses into the home lives of many of our colleagues and employees. A spouse needs to get something from the desk drawer in the same room. A four-year old’s joyful rendition of the Frozen 2 soundtrack can be heard in the background, triumphing over noise-canceling headphones.

We can all relate to these interruptions by now, because we’ve all been there at some point – maybe your children are older now and aren’t as loud, and maybe your spouse has gotten better at not interrupting your afternoon Zoom calls to get something important from the desk drawer. But how often has the interruption been something that surprised you, or something that you haven’t experienced yourself?

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