Ahhh this makes me rethink my priorities at work.
Personally, I think removing the open office space is the easiest change to improve productivity in applicable workspaces. There's so much data out there now that suggests open office spaces are a drain on productivity. I was recently listening to this Podcast about it. It's quite fascinating:
That chart really nails the bane of all companies: meetings.
Back in the day when I worked at an office I realized that pretty much all of my work time was consumed by meetings. Just when I parked my butt in front of the computer I would have to get up and go to yet another meeting.
There is definitely a need for meetings in order to make decisions and get alignment. It feels safe in many cases to schedule a meeting to get a consensus instead of making a decision or hush it out directly. That path shows that you are considerate of other's opinion, but at the same time it directly robs people of their productive time.
As the old saying goes: "Time is money!". In that logic a company that wants to make money should focus on saving time for their employees.
There is a great book I've heard of on recent Recode podcast with Jason Fried that I'm itching to read:
I'm a bit confused by this infographic. I read the surrounding section in the article and I'm still not really sure what it means.
This looks like it is survey results, not objective analysis of people's actual time. Was this a question around "what do you feel is the biggest productivity killer for you"? I think it's likely people are going to self report things that annoy them the most, like meetings. Not personal life distractions. Even if objectively, meetings might be more productive overall.
That being said, I'm pretty sure I'd self report meetings as being a big waste of time in several jobs I've had (in particular daily standups).