Too Much Multi-Tasking: The Overlooked Downside of BYOD
When businesses adopt BYOD policies, employees can work from any location and at any time of day. As a result, many companies think that switching to a BYOD environment will increase worker productivity. However, around-the-clock access to work may not help workers to accomplish more. In fact, the multi-tasking that comes with BYOD may make workers less effective.
Businesses considering BYOD often cite network security as their top concern. With the growing number of attacks targeting mobile devices, particularly Android devices, security is a legitimate worry. Companies should invest in a good Android security solution, tackle mobile device management questions and create a workable BYOD policy. Taking these steps will wrap up the IT side of BYOD. Then,companies should address the human side of the BYOD equation by teaching employees how to work in the “always-on” world.
Multi-Tasking at Work Is a Myth
The human brain, according to numerous studies, cannot effectively process two unrelated tasks at once. This limitation occurs because the brain’s “executive control” function has two distinct phases that can’t function together. The first, called “goal shifting,” involves the act of switching to a new task. The second phase, “rule activation,” requires switching from one set of rules to another. The limitations of executive control are the primary reason that people can’t safely drive and operate a cell phone. Whether they’re talking on a handset, speaking into a headset or trying to send a text, the brain cannot focus on driving and on using the phone at the same time.
Before the brain can switch attention to a new task, it must not only decide to do something new but also access the rules for the new task. In essence, the brain turns off the circuit for the old task and activates a new circuit for the new task. Although the switch takes just tenths of a second, according to the American Psychological Association, a person who constantly tries to multi-task can end up losing about 40 percent of his or her productive time. In addition to wasting time, the person is more likely to make errors while performing work.
How to Work Well in a Distracting Environment
If companies want to realize the potential of BYOD, then they need to help employees understand how to work in a highly distracting environment. Take these steps to reduce multi-tasking in any organization:
- Start better. Project execution improves when the project is well-defined before it’s started. Setting clear goals, offering good design specifications and providing necessary inputs allows people to work without stopping to look for resources or to try to wrap their minds around a project. Overall, because employees complete tasks more efficiently, the team is neither left waiting nor forced to move on and then revisit problems later.
- Prioritize. Poor prioritization keeps people from working on what’s most important. A manager who attempts to multi-task may spend two or three inattentive minutes with employees instead of having an effective 15-minute conversation. Instead, managers should communicate priorities to their teams and then model effective priority setting in front of employees.
- Rethink time management. Encourage employees to work on single projects for longer stretches of time instead of trying to move between small tasks associated with multiple projects. Also, schedule most organizational events, such as meeting times or conference calls, at consistent times. Few emergency meetings and conference calls are actually emergencies.
- Put down the technology now and then. A study of undergraduate students published in the journal Computers and Education found that students, after sitting near one student who both took notes and surfed the Web using a laptop, scored 17 percent lower on a test than students sitting away from the laptop user.The lesson: Companies should create a culture that allows employees to detach from devices when necessary. Few email messages require an immediate answer, and calls can often be returned at the end of the day.
Ineffective network security costs businesses a lot of money. Plus, the multi-tasking encouraged by BYOD costs businesses as much as $450 billion every year. By implementing both strong security policies and training employees to work more effectively, companies can reap BYOD’s potential without succumbing to its downsides.
How To Pay Safely On The Net?
Nowadays the scientific and technical progress is developing rapidly leaving behind and introducing more and more things. E-commerce became an important part of almost every company. It allows reaching the wider auditory, in comparison with the traditional way of promoting. But usually online business requires…
7 Common Reasons Why WordPress Websites Get Hacked
If there is one content management system (CMS) that’s credited for revolutionizing the modern web, it’s WordPress. Thanks to this revolutionary software, making any type of website is not difficult today. Its flexibility and ease of use make it so popular that WordPress powers as…
Manage Endpoint Security With Cloud-Based Action 1
Meet a free Cloud-based endpoint security and patch management solution from Action1 (www.action1.com). This top-ranking solution facilitates network discovery, enables you to find installed software and orchestrate software updates across all your endpoints regardless of their location. With many tools over there, you might be…
Private Practice: Crucial Services Your Startup Needs
Medical professionals around the world dream of having their own private practice. It allows more freedom for dictating your own schedule but it does come with its own set of challenges and while many are similar to those most startups face, starting a business in…
How To Keep Your Personal Information Anonymous And Secure While Using A Web Browser
Browsing the web or checking Facebook a few times a day has recently become something natural as breathing and eating. People wake up, immediately reaching for their phones to be up to date. Is it already an addiction to the Internet? Of course, it depends…
- 3D Printing
- App Dev
- Artificial Intelligence
- Arts and Entertainment
- Big Data
- Blockchain Tech
- Business Technology
- Car Technology
- Cloud Computing
- Cloud Storage
- Computer and Technology
- Conference Calling
- Coupons and Deals
- Cyber Security
- Dark Left 1
- Data Center
- Data Recovery
- Digital Arena
- Digital Marketing
- Edu Tech
- Email Marketing
- Google Glass
- Guides and Tutorials
- Health and Fitness
- Home Appliance
- Home Improvement
- Home Security
- Internet and Businesses Online
- Internet Marketing
- IT Careers
- Mobile Apps
- Mobile Security
- New Tech
- Online Shopping
- Project Management
- Reference and Education
- Reputation Management
- Sales & Marketing
- Self Improvement
- Shopping and Product reviews
- Small Business
- Social Media
- Tech Trends
- Technical Support
- Technology in Education
- Tips & Tricks
- Tips And Tricks
- Video Conferencing
- Virtual Reality
- Wearable Technology
- Web Design
- Web Development
- Web Hosting
An Easy to Learn Inventory Management Software
It is often said that being an employee all your life will never lead to the success and financial freedom that your own business provides, and this is the reason why many people endeavor to have their own business. Being a business proprietor and entrepreneur…
What’s the Best Broken Link Checker in 2020?
Companies go out of business, domain names expire, blog posts get deleted, websites are restructured—there are many reasons why links on the internet break. A 2017 study monitored the links in Yahoo! Directory over time: after only six months, 17% of the links were already…
Online Security Tips You Might Not Know About
Technology is now playing a major role in our daily lives. From how we work to how we spend our leisure time; it is central to us all now. Of course, a tech advance that has transformed our lives the most is the internet. While…
Here’s How Proxies Can Aid Email Protection
Are you concerned about your email protection measures? If that is the case, then this is for you. It all began in November 2014 with leaked emails from Sony Movie Pictures. After this leakage of emails went viral all over the world, people, organizations and…
3 Ways to Prepare For Cyber Security Risks That Employees Must Know
In a world where everything is much easier to do via mobile, app, or device, technology is not going to slow down. We’re all guilty of potentially owning more than one device, whether that is our personal phones, work phones, tablets or fitness trackers. All…
Non-Negotiable Elements For Your Business IT Security Plan
In 2019, having a business IT security plan is more important than ever. An IT security plan is the first line of defense you have for protecting your business – and your clients – against cybercriminals. Cybercriminals include hackers, who frequently obtain personal information with…