Myth Of Multi-Tasking, Agile’s Cure For It. This week on the Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg we will discuss why multitasking is not the productivity gain that so many people seem to think it is. A popular notion in the culture is that so called multi tasking is the mark of the most productive, smartest and
therefore supremely valuable employees. While counterintuitive, it is not true. In fact not only is multitasking not the same as doing more with less, it is less productive than when we focus on a single task.
Why does industry continue to reward this counterproductive behavior? It is because while we all work in the knowledge economy we are rewarded according to an industrial ‘piece work’ model. This is the reason we hear about the number of e-mails someone has or the number of meetings they attend. In the industrial activity based reward model, being busy is what is rewarded when what business really wants is for people to be productive. In the workplace we can reclaim productivity by concentrating on one thing at a time. For those who are listening on iTunes, Sound Cloud or some other platform, be sure to contact Ryn on her web site at www.rynmelberg.com.