Multitasking Not Necessarily The Smartest Way To Work

There is a growing body of evidence that indicates heavy multitasking or by extension loading employees with a large number of different tasks that need to be done in parallel reduces their efficiency.  It appears that while technology can help to organize work the brain has  a limited capacity to work efficiently on more than one task at a time.   This is at odds with the seemingly constant demand for individuals within a corporation to do more with less.  In addition at least one study shows that older workers performance is less impacted by mobile phone and instant messages than younger workers.   The results imply that in a busy communications environment younger workers loose nearly all the advantage they may have in terms of cognitive speed.   Readers should take a look at the following articles to judge for themselves.

Older People Adapt Better To Technology Created Interruptions

Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows

Slow Down, Brave Multitasker, and Don’t Read This in Traffic

The Switching Gears Factor

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