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The Street: How to Boost Employee Productivity Despite March Madness

By on March 14, 2012No Comment

Jonathan Spira was interviewed by Laurie Kulikowski for The Street on knowledge worker productivity and how to keep productivity up during March Madness:

Jonathan Spira is the CEO and chief analyst of Basex, a research firm focusing on workplace and productivity issues faced by companies in the so-called knowledge economy and the author of Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous to Your Organization. He shared his knowledge of how to fix an unproductive workplace:

What are detractors to employee productivity?

Spira: We have a lot of trouble paying attention. We have developed into a workforce with very short attention spans, and that tends to be a problem because keeping a focus on something without self-interrupting is difficult. Self-interrupting counts just as much as you interrupting Bob or Susan. We also evolved into a society that is predicated on instant gratification. We also tend to get a huge amount of information in tiny, little nuggets. And studies have shown this barrage of information basically lessens our ability to absorb deeper and greater thoughts.

Throw March Madness into the mix with lots of news, everything we need to know about college basketball — and the more information we get, the more we’re going to crave — so in this particular period of time there is going to be a bump up in this information flow that will result in further interruptions in our work and simply just make it that much more difficult to complete tasks and get through the day.

Read the full interview here.

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