MULTITASKING for Work-from-home Employees: Does it Work?

Now that almost everyone is working from home alternately, having a good multitasking skill is really important. People used to think that working at home is going to be a blessing, as you’ll be working in the comfort of your own home! The kitchen is just a few feet away, you can wear your pajamas while working and you can take short breaks by crashing on your comfy bed. However, when we actually have to do it, we wish we’d appreciate working at the office more! not only do we have to juggle between work, and house chores, but also taking care of our kids, and preparing food for the whole family! 

Here’s where multitasking skills will come in handy. But does it actually work? Will you be a productive multitasker or just someone who does so many things at a time, with very little product?

A 2009 Stanford University study from Clifford Nass found that heavy multitaskers were less mentally organized, struggled at switching from one task to another, and had a hard time differentiating relevant from irrelevant details. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), psychologists who study what happens to cognition (mental processes) when people try to perform more than one task at a time have found that the mind and brain were not designed for heavy-duty multitasking. However, these views and studies on multitasking are mostly relevant in the workplace. It is feasible to multitask in some situations without compromising your overall desired output. Eating and walking, for example, can still be easily accomplished as well as folding laundry and watching TV. Both affect how we learn and work, but as with most things, it depends on the situation when it’s appropriate to multitask and when you should focus on one thing at a time.

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