Toggle Anxiety’s Attack on Productivity
While workers often feel like they are getting more done when multitasking, studies continue to show the opposite. Not only does multitasking decrease productivity, but it leaves workers feeling overwhelmed—and even leads to burnout. HBR reported that in a given week, workers spend four hours “reorienting” themselves from the confusion that follows a toggle switch – and that over the course of a year, about 9% of employees’ time at work is spent adjusting to the anxiety or confusion that follows from clicking on new tabs and applications.
Fortunately, companies can leverage technology to strategically minimize over-toggling and context switching: workflow automation. By integrating workflow automation into a company’s main tech stacks, users can stay in the applications that they use the most often without adding new sites of frustration, bulky sign-ins, and new tabs to toggle between. In other words, workflow processes can be started from applications that your company already has in place.
By integrating workflow automation with collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, companies create a centralized environment that enhances productivity and restores focus.