Productivity Is Relative And Those New Fangled Interruptions Don't Help
from the better-off-having-ADD dept
Last year we wrote about how much our daily work day is filled with interruptions, often due to new technologies. It seems that many workers are feeling that way. A new study suggests that workers are getting less accomplished during the workday, in part due to all the interruptions caused by new technologies. The other angle that's interesting here is the suggestion that these new technologies really have helped productivity -- just not as much as promised or expected. Thus, people feel like they've accomplished less, because they've taken the expected productivity increases into account, and in many ways feel like they're falling further behind in not meeting those expectations -- even if they get more done in real terms. Either way, it's growing evidence that, perhaps, having attention deficit disorder is actually a benefit in the tech world, as it makes it easier to deal with some of these challenges. Update: Jeremy Wagstaff points out that the company that sponsored this study apparently has unproductive, interrupted workers as well. On their website, they tried to post a link to the press release announcing the study... but they screwed up the link. Oh well.