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Canadians are losing 520 hours of productivity at work each year

Canadians are losing 520 hours of productivity a year at work — and ping-pong tables might be to blame.

According to a study conducted by iQ Offices, 57 per cent of Canadians are distracted at work, and many estimate that they lose up to two hours of productivity each day.

The culprits?

Chatty co-workers, open-concept offices with recreation areas and unassigned desks.

According to the study, trendy offices with open-concept seating plans and recreation areas filled with ping-pong tables and shuffleboards are particularly distracting.

Instead, IQ Offices CEO Kane Willmott reccomends "private work areas" and wellness features like standing desks and nap rooms.

Employers can also maximize productivity by creating an "attractively-designed workspace" filled with green plant walls and large windows that let in natural light.

Interestingly, two-thirds of people under 35 also said they would take a smaller salary to be in a "beautiful workspace."

With greener office buildings popping up all across Canada, it seems the whole country is getting on board.

Lead photo by

LYCS Architecture

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