There is a lot of advice floating around about technology and productivity, particulary for managing email overload. Taking a slightly different appraoch, with the help of Dr Ben Searle from Macquarie University, the ABC's Catalyst science tv show observed an office worker and gave them a "workplace makeover".
They conclude that "Technology isn’t the bad guy here" and people should:
- Pay attention to your ergonomic set up (use a bigger PC monitor - they point to research by Mary Czerwinski at Microsoft).
- Minimise excessive stimulation, like television and music while you are working; and
- Favour the phone over email - it’s simply faster.
But while there is some good straight forward advice here, and while acknowledging that this was just a short piece in a TV show, it really only scratches the surface of dealing with technology in the workplace - for example, how do we improve the productivity of people working in different roles and distributed teams?
Tags: abc catalyst, email, information overload, technology in the workplace