I work in an open plan office and due to the location of where I sit, I am constantly being interrupted with non work related trivia when people get bored i.e. chat while people are getting something from the printer etc. It's the "congregating area" for people chatting or discussing a work issue that doesn't involve me but is very loud.
The interruptions are not related to my role nor generally work related (e.g. "Oh I'm so glad it's Friday aren't you?", "Do you know how to put more paper in here as it's flashing" (I'm not an administrator or in IT - people just assume I'm a "printer receptionist" as I sit by it), "Who's the visitor sat over near you", "Oh it looks lovely outside" etc) Or chat within a group that becomes an animated discussion but doesn't involve me, it's just "near" me.
I find the constant interruptions - 20 or more a day - distracting and counter productive. I'm under pressure to work quickly and without mistakes, and often need to work late to finish because of this. The work itself requires concentration and focus.
There's no option to move desk, nor use headphones etc due to the nature of the job (I have to be responsive to actual work requests and phone calls from customers etc).
Is there anything I can do?