Multitasking: Overload!

I know a lot of people who say they are good at multitasking.  I know I am not. It is hard for me to do two things at once and do them well. I can barely walk and talk at the same time.  I might can get by multitasking, but the quality of anything that I do isn't good. Our obsession with productivity and cost efficiency is causing more to fall prey to multitasking, which is contrary to the way humans are wired. It has gotten to the point where employers are asking so much from their employees, it is unrealistic.  Companies are laying off people or not filling positions when someone retires, and as a result, those left are forced to multitask, take shortcuts, and many even begin falsifying documentation to look good on paper.  Right or wrong, this is a problem. The truth of the matter is that people do cost money, oh but what a worthy cause to support people by giving them something to do!  It has gotten to the point where companies want the people who are still working to be machines.  I had a boss one time tell me after I was late one day due to a bathroom emergency: "We don't pay you to go to the bathroom!" Really?  Has it gotten that bad?  I actually laughed but the boss didn't think it was very funny. She told me that "non-compliance to the company attendance policies could lead to dismissal." I can see it now in the next interview for a new job: "Now why were you terminated from your last job? Well sir, I was five minutes late to a meeting because my bowels needed to empty and they just wouldn't dump out fast enough!" Looking back I can still laugh, but how ridiculous!  The hard pressure placed on employees to be "cost efficient and productive" has caused companies to eliminate jobs and pile more work on those who are still around. This has lead to excessive multitasking which is not a good way to work.  The same pressure and temptation to multitask is going on at home as well. There is an article that I would like to share with you.  The link is below. It addresses the dangers in multitasking and the effects of it.  I think that it will shine a little more light on a growing problem in our modern society.  I think at some point, this train will need to slow down!


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