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Busting The Myth – Is Multitasking At Work Beneficial?

Busting The Myth – Is Multitasking At Work Beneficial?


Do you find yourself sipping your coffee while making your PPT, answering emails and briefing your subordinate all at the same time? Work pressure demands you to multitask, but is it really that helpful after all? True it may get work done faster, but there are a number of ill effects of multitasking in the workplace. And what are those? Let’s find out!

3 Effects Of Multitasking In The Workplace:

Lowers IQ:

Research shows that multitasking not only slows you down but also affects your IQ in a negative way. Doing too many tasks in one go may lower your IQ by 15 points which is comparable to that of an 8-year old child!

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Causes brain damage:

Multitasking is said to affect brain density. It damages the part of the brain that’s responsible for empathy as well as cognitive and emotional control. This will definitely harm your EQ (emotional quotient) in the long run!

Diminishes your learning abilities:

Multitasking clearly slows you down and decreases the quality of your work. It will cause difficulties with concentration, organisation, and attention to detail. Every time you multitask, you are damaging an area of your brain that’s critical to your future success at work.

Think Right And Avoid These Problems. Here’s How.

  • Management should work in tandem with the employees – in ensures harmony and last-minute hassles.
  • Prioritise your goals – set practical and short deadlines, which can be accomplished.
  • Manage your time well – isn’t this textbook? A sure-shot solution to avoid multitasking.
  • Avoid pushing things until the deadline –  pushing things is pilling things. Do it now!
  • Turn your interruptions off – got something important at hand? turn your interruptions off so that it doesn’t divide your attention.
  • No one is perfect – one has to multitask time and again, and it is okay!

Source: Forbes, Harvard

Read more: Mood Swings Are Normal, But Are Yours?

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