According to a new Basex study, office workers spend a quarter of their day consumed by interruptions and distractions—wasting time and money (Wallis, Steptoe, & Cole, 2006). This study determined that this constant splintering and diverting of worker attention consumed up to 2.1 hours of worker productivity per day. The lost hours of productivity included not only interruptions and distractions but also the recovery time associated with getting back on task. With the trend towards open-plan office environments these days, interruptions and distractions like overhearing your co-worker’s conversations are an every day occurrence. Does overhearing these conversations interrupt your train of thought and, at the very least, temporarily interfere with your ability to concentrate on your work? If so, you’re not alone.