Multitasking Leads to Major Productivity Drains

By Dennis McCafferty
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    92% of information workers admit they multitask during meetings.

Do you consider yourself an outstanding multitasker? If so, you may find that you're actually accomplishing less, not more. While the vast majority of professionals do many things at once (often incessantly, if not compulsively), these employees are significantly adding to the time required to get work done, according to a recent survey from FuzeBox. In fact, this research reveals that multitasking actually costs the global economy $450 billion annually. Combining its new findings with additional studies from organizations such as T-Mobile, Wainhouse Research and the University of London, FuzeBox makes the case that a singular focus may ultimately lead to peak productivity. (This is especially true during meetings, which appear to be prime time for email checking, project managing and other to-do's.) You are likely to find that the work you accomplish by focusing on a particular task will contain far fewer errors, thereby saving you time on subsequent corrections. More than 2,000 U.S. information workers took part in this survey. FuzeBox specializes in cloud-based content, voice and video communications and collaboration services.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-13
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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