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“Concussions” from office work?

In line with a previous post, the way we communicate in the workplace is evolving, and we’re now having to face a horde of new potential interruptions in our day as email, voicemail, instant messaging and rushed coworkers all clamor for our attention.  Despite the common perception that the younger workers of today thrive in the chaotic world of multiple inputs and constant interruption, it turns out the opposite might be true.

A study by The Institute for Innovation & Information Productivity and Oxford University may end up changing the way we look at work processes and their impact on productivity. The research, highlighted here, claims that younger workers are far more susceptible to performance degradation when constantly interrupted while performing challenging cognitive tasks than previously thought, and older workers are potentially better suited to work under the rapid-fire conditions prevalent in the modern workplace.

The researchers say that younger workers (18-21) who are subjected to constant interruption exhibit symptoms similar to suffering a ”kick in the head” and that older workers (35-39) fare much better under similar circumstances.

Have a look at this research and keep it in mind the next time your child tells you she can do her homework perfectly well with the television and computer on while chatting on the mobile and texting all at the same time.

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But enough about me, what do *you* think of me?

I once had a girlfriend who would occasionally say, “Yes, as a matter of fact, it IS all about me!”   Needless to say, that relationship did not last very long.  Sadly, most corporate blogs have similarly short relationships with their readers.

Why do we blog?  For some it’s catharsis, for others a way to keep in touch with friends; however, in the professional world the best reason to blog is to have an actual conversation with your stakeholders.  The best corporate blogs are bi-directional portals to topics of mutual interest.

Hightalk has a quick perspective on the problems that many corporate blogs face.  By creating a blog for the wrong reasons, and loading it up with recycled self-promotion, many companies tend to alienate a prospective source of irreplaceable perspective.

So don’t be that person that never gets a second date.  Instead of using your blog as a broadcast channel about yourself, be interesting, engaging, curious and conversational.

What do you think?

Roger Farnsworth

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