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“Multitasking makes me more productive” … oh, really?

May 9, 2016

Everybody multitasks. Some more than others.

You know, simultaneously several things (like talking on the phone when cooking) … or, switching back-and-forth among tasks.

Hard core multitaskers swear that their modus operandi makes them more productive … that it gives them a competitive advantage.

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But, research suggests that while multitasking may help us feel productive, it may actually be paring our productivity.

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According to the Washington Post, a group called Common Sense Media did a study that takes aim at multitasking.

Michael Robb, the group’s director of research, concludes that multitasking should no longer be seen as “some desirable trait that makes you the best 21st-century worker.”

He says that multitasking is a problem in a couple of ways:

Constant reorientation (i.e. bouncing back-and-forth among tasks) causes cognitive fatigue.

Cognitive fatigue can decrease your ability to get things done well, and can actually slow the rate of work.

When you’re multitasking, you’re not you’re not fully encoding memories.

If you’re browsing on Facebook while someone is talking, you’re not fully embedding memories that you may need to retrieve later.

Heavy multitaskers have a hard time filtering out irrelevant information.

In other words, they subconsciously treat all information they came across with equal weight instead of allotting more attention to the most credible and important.

Bottom line: Don’t confuse activity with results.

Sometimes, it makes more sense to “focus & complete” than to just keep a bunch of plates spinning.

As a former boss repeatedly told me “I pay you for finished goods, not work-in-process.”

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Study: “Don’t come here to work !”

April 11, 2016

A recently reported study of 1,015 LinkedIn users “sought insights into how organizations attract, engage, motivate as well as retain workers and build the kind of workplace that employees promote.”

The headline conclusion: “About half of workers wouldn’t recommend their organization to a friend or family member searching for a job.”

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What’s their beef?

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About those late night emails …

February 12, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, there was a local bruhaha.

One lady sent a snitty email late at night to a club mailing list.

One of the recipients – who had been sipping wine all night – took offense, and shot back a nuclear-rated reply… to the whole list, of course.

A major cat-fight broke out … wasn’t pretty.

.Got me thinking more generally about about late night emails …

 

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And, by coincidence, the Harvard Business Review just published an article on the topic.

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Are you your worst enemy?

September 18, 2015

Interesting recap article in Business Insider

Basic premise: People fall for predictable psychological traps that can  sabotage their own career success.

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Here are 7 of these potentially limiting psychological traps …

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About those late night emails …

March 24, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, there was a local bruhaha.

One lady sent a snitty email late at night to a club mailing list.

One of the recipients – who had been sipping wine all night – took offense, and shot back a nuclear-rated reply… to the whole list, of course.

A major cat-fight broke out … wasn’t pretty.

.Got me thinking more generally about about late night emails …

 

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And, by coincidence, the Harvard Business Review just published an article on the topic.

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Nums: Are women still at a disadvantage in the workplace?

February 27, 2014

According to a  WSJ poll

“Women in large numbers believe they face more discrimination in the workplace than in other situations.”

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The “disadvantages” include lower pay than men …

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Nums: Are women still at a disadvantage in the workplace?

April 12, 2013

According to a recently released WSJ poll

“Women in large numbers believe they face more discrimination in the workplace than in other situations.”

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The “disadvantages” include lower pay than men …

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Sequel: Better to be smart or hot?

March 22, 2013

Yesterday we posted that Georgetown ranks #4 for having the “smartest & hottest” students.

Turns out that it’s not just the students.

The Georgetown Patch reports that Georgetown University has the #6 “Most Attractive Workforce” in DC.

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The rankings were done by some outfit called The Hinge “which accumulated more than one million ratings” … to see which local workplaces had the most attractive employees.

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I can only assume that The Hinge was talking about the b-school faculty.

Giddy up.

Thanks to former Patch reporter SMH for feeding the lead.

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What percentage of assigned offices and cubicles sit empty during a typical day?

November 26, 2012

Answer: According to a study done by Cisco … 60%.

That’s why companies like Accenture are going to “hoteling”, why more hotels are putting in business suites, and why Starbucks is adding conference rooms in some locations.

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Working in your jammies … it’s catching on.

October 15, 2012

Punch line: Since it can save costs and improve employee satisfaction, working from home is predicted to accelerate in the coming years.

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Excerpted from Fast Company Co.EXIST, “The Future Of Working From Home”

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It seems that a new study comes out every day touting the benefits of working remotely.

It’s a trend that’s good for workers’ psyches and the environment–more people working from home means fewer car trips, and fewer people in the office allows companies to scale down to smaller spaces that use fewer resources. And if you don’t like it, well, too bad–a new survey from Citrix Systems found that the movement is speeding up. Among the highlights [from the survey]:

  • The IT executives surveyed believe that by 2020 there will be seven desks for every 10 office workers.
  • That ratio will be even lower–six desks for every 10 workers–in telecommuting-friendly countries like the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, and the Netherlands.
  • 24% of companies have adopted mobile work styles … That number will balloon to 83% by mid 2014.

There are generational differences, to be sure. But, … there are many people who want to work remotely, and age has nothing to do with it.

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Gen Y says: No Facebook? Then, stuff this job!

January 4, 2012

According to Time mag …

Gen Y workers won’t accept jobs where they can’t access Facebook.

Gen Y-ers want to be connected to their friends and families, not just their co-workers, throughout the day.

Although some companies ban social media at work, other companies have embraced it as long as employees use it professionally.

Use it “professionally”?

Say, what?

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Gen Y workers will doom the traditional 9 to 5 workday.

Gen Y-ers value workplace flexibility over more money.

More than one-third (37%) of Gen Y workers would take a pay cut if it meant more flexibility on the job.

Flexibility motivates these workers to be more productive and loyal to their companies because they feel like they are respected.

Maybe more loyal – recognizing a good gig when they see it … but, “more productive”?

C’mon man.

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Gen Y workers are always connected to jobs through technology.

Technology has made the traditional 9-to-5 model blurry — for all workers, of all generations.

No one is ever out of touch or off the clock.

When workers go home, they’re still working because who they are personally and professionally have become one and the same. 

It seems, work e-mail doesn’t stop for anything or anyone.

No argument on this one …

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