Multitasking is engaging in two or more tasks at once, switching from one to the other. Updating one’s personal social media account while replying to work related emails is considered multitasking. Cloud computing services meanwhile allow employees to have access to office data even when they’re out of the office or engaged in other activities.
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Employees are often told to learn the art of multitasking. It is, after all, cost-efficient and boosts employee productivity. However, juggling two or more duties may lessen the quality of the output for each. Before desiring to develop multitasking skills, one must first learn how to stay focus on the main task given. If the additional tasks, however, hinder the completion of the main task, one should consider doing them after the primary task is delivered.
If offered to choose which tasks to take on top of the primary task, pick the ones that are related to what is currently being done. Complex tasks may demand extra attention and effort from the employee. When encountering those, it would be best to focus on them first. After a complex task has been completed, switch back to the ones which can be done while doing other activities.
An employee trying to do tasks simultaneously at the expense of their quality puts multitasking in a bad light. It may be hard to believe that one can find focus in multitasking, but being aware of one’s work capabilities can help in breezing through finishing a number of tasks with focus.
There are no right or wrong ways to multitask, but they must always promote work efficiency and effectiveness.
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