You may think it’ll get things done faster but one expert says it actually leads to higher stress and worse overall results
Multi-tasking may sound like an efficient approach but one neuro-leadership expert has warned of its adverse side effects, saying it can increase employee stress and harm organisational output.
“Multi-tasking is on the rise thanks to technology and our ever-increasing workload,” says Kristen Hansen, specialist in the neuroscience of leadership and performance.
“We’ve all got a greater amount of work, we’ve got multifaceted job roles and we’ve got a blurring of job descriptions so everyone is trying to get their work complete in a shorter space of time than ever before.”
However, Hansen, Neuroleadership speaker and trainer, says multi-tasking actually demands a lot from a person’s brain and can often lead to impaired results.
“When we’re multi-tasking, we’re actually doing something called switching which means we’re switching between different neural pathways and different neural maps very quickly,” she explains.