Why we context switch?

In my ongoing series about context switching, I am using specific pointers to minimise your use of social media (and understand) how you interact with the emails to improve your productivity matrix.

An old write up from HBR:

Is Technology Really Helping Us Get More Done?

Meanwhile, the number of interactions required to accomplish anything has increased. A recent CEB study found that 60% of employees must now consult with at least 10 colleagues each day just to get their jobs done, while 30% must engage 20 or more. The result? Companies take more time to do things. For example, it takes 30% longer to complete complex IT projects, 50% longer to hire new people, and nearly 25% longer to sign new customer contracts. And that’s just in the last five years.

A pointer that HBR articles (and “research”) is useless, this sound proposal was written about 6 years back. Factor this:

What impact will the new technology have on organizational time? Will the technology actually enable people to do more in less time, or does it merely make work and collaboration easier? Investments that reduce the cost of interactions but do not themselves save time should be viewed skeptically. Unless an organization is highly disciplined in its management of time, the dark side of Metcalfe’s Law will trample whatever benefits the new technology might promise.

We all know how “Slack” took over the enterprise messaging. Slack, however, is a third rate tool for messaging increasing employee frustration and breaking up the engagement matrix as I have been writing about.

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