Thursday 8 March 2012
UK professionals are using technology devices to undertake more than one task at a time, it has been reported.
According to research conducted by iPass, almost all mobile workers attempt to maximise their productivity rates by multi-tasking.
The survey found that 98 per cent of workers attempt to juggle various responsibilities while on the move, with the typical employee handling three tasks at a time.
Some 45 per cent of survey respondents said they are forced to give attention to five at any single moment - creating a challenging working environment.
Indeed, more than a third said they feel less productive when they multi-task, as opposed to focus on one single role or area of responsibility.
For mobile workers, the availability of laptops, smartphones and media tablets enables them to do more than one thing at a time.
"And while the smartphone continues to be the device of choice – the laptop is unanimously the single best device for multi-tasking," iPass reported.
Writing for WebProNews, Mike Tuttle recently suggested the notion of multi-tasking is "a myth", in the sense that no employee can physically do two or three things at once.
However, he suggested that some people are better at switching between workloads or jobs - and back again - than others, which makes it look like they are doubling up.
Posted by Sarah Parish