In recent years it seems that multitasking with a multitude of electronic devices is the key to productivity, at least per some. This New York Times article sets the stage for a transformative thought pattern that I can get behind. In “The Year of Multitasker’s Revenge” Phyllis Korkki discusses the impact that electronic devices and apps have had on today’s worker.
Of note, and I love the opportunity that is presented with this observation, is the need for more training. I think training information workers especially offers information professionals a new venue for offering valuable services. The article also points out the impact of that multitasking has in today’s challenging economy and the rise of independent workers and the trend of unemployment are significant factors to consider.
I think the most notable offering in this article is the statement about the benefit of boundaries.
More workers will probably revolt against the idea that they must be “on” all the time, recognizing that both their work and personal lives will improve if they create stricter boundaries. Sometimes this expectation is self-imposed; at other times, it’s part of the corporate culture.
I think that for companies to be productive, innovative and capable they must understand the need for workers to dedicate time to think, plan, strategize and focus. With that, rather than devices and constant connectivity, comes the opportunity to improve.
Constance Ard, January 3, 2012