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Just In! Manage the Melancholy of Multi-tasking for Remote Workers

June 10th, 2020

What’s hot?

Juggling multiple tasks and continual interruptions creates employee sadness and fear according to a University of Houston study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So What?

One of the best benefits of working from home is flexibility. However, dealing with the demands of a child during a conference call, while simultaneously responding to an urgent e-mail from the boss and working on an overdue report imposes an onerous mental load that is associated with elevated stress.

What to do?

Four ways managers can play a positive role in reducing the negative impact of multi-tasking:

  1. Encourage team members to schedule their work in ways that take advantage of children’s quiet times or nap times.
  2. Avoid spur-of-the-moment meetings that require team members to re-arrange planned work activities.
  3. Let people know when to look for e-mails from you (aim to batch sending e-mails once a day).
  4. Be open to non-traditional work schedules. Example: Change your routine Monday touch-point call with someone who has three young children to Saturday when someone else is available to care for the kids.

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