Topic: Multitasking

Multitasking Can Be Done Differently, Affect Perceptions of Work Practices

Jan. 30, 2012

In an age in which "multitasking" is often cited as a core competency for employees, organizational communication researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have begun to better understand the nuances of how different individuals accomplish multiple tasks.

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Forbes reports on study: Office culture encourages workers to be glued to their Blackberrys

Oct. 26, 2009
Forbes reports on study: Office culture encourages workers to be glued to their Blackberrys

To avoid wasting time in meetings, hardcore multitaskers sit there with their faces glued to their BlackBerrys, reading e-mails while they follow the discussion with one ear. But all they are doing is making the meeting longer for everyone else.

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Peer Behavior, Not Communication Overload, Determines Mobile Device Use in Meetings, Study Shows

July 1, 2009

Organizational norms and social cues, not communication overload, are the strongest predictors of whether individuals use their laptops or smart phones to electronically multitask during a meeting, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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