19 Jun

People are increasingly interrupted at work, but it’s not all bad

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Elana Feldman, University of Massachusetts LowellAn email pops up on your screen. It’s a client sharing a project update. A Slack message appears. It’s your boss asking a question. A text alert beeps. A colleague wants to know if you will be attending a meeting.Sound familiar? People are increasingly besieged at work by interruptions through email, messaging apps, social media, and in-person encounters.Interruptions can impair performance in a number of ways, causing lower productivity, more errors and poorer work quality.Interruptions also often spark negative emotions like annoyance and anxiety. Frequent interruptions may, over time, lead to stressful feelings of overload, irritation and a sense of “time famine” – having too much to do and not enough time.Yet interruptions are a necessary part of work-life, since communication needs are often unpredictable and time-sensitive. And responding to interruptions, whatever channel they come through, has become a core responsibility for most jobs.As an expert on interpersonal interactions and time use in organizations, I wanted to understand why interruptions are often so stressful. Working with one of my doctoral students, I designed a study that focused on people’s experiences of being interrupted.Our study, which is currently under review, found that interruptions can actually spark positive rather than negative emotions – given the right circumstances.Surprisingly positive interruptionsIn our study, we asked 35 participants to keep track of their interruptions over the course of an entire workday.The participants spanned multiple industries and held varied titles. They all worked full-time and used electronic devices regularly as part of their jobs.Participants recorded details such as what happened during each interruption, who interrupted them and how long each interruption lasted. They also noted the emotions they experienced and jotted down an explanation for those feelings.As we expected, most participants were interrupted frequently during the day. Collectively, they reported a total of 256 interruptions.The day after they logged their interruptions, we interviewed the participants. We asked for more information about each interruption to clarify and enrich our understanding of why it had sparked the emotions the participant had recorded. For instance, we probed further about the task the participant was interrupted to do and what else was going on at the time of the interruption.Given that prior research has overwhelmingly emphasized the negative aspects of interruptions, we were surprised when our study revealed that many interruptions were experienced positively.Approximately 30% of the interruptions we analyzed were associated with feelings such as excitement and happiness. More than 75% of our participants logged at least one positive interruption.Intrigued by these unexpected findings, we used our data to figure out what makes an interruption experience good instead of bad.Time and timingIt turns out that differences in interruption experiences can be explained in large part by people’s beliefs about time.Just as many of us in Western cultures think of time as a limited, valuable commodity, people who are interrupted at work consider – often unconsciously – the ways in which an interruption forces them to alter how they use their time.For instance, the participants in our study judged interruptions in terms of their “time worthiness.” Interruptions seen as “time worthy” are more likely to spark positive emotions.Interruptions are “time worthy” if they involve tasks that are deemed high-priority, relevant to other ongoing projects and clearly within the scope of employees’ jobs. That our participants considered whether an interruption is worth their time makes sense given that people care most about making progress on work that is meaningful.We also learned that interruption timing plays a big role in people’s emotional responses. Interruptions are generally associated with positive feelings if they are assessed as well-timed.Well-timed interruptions are those that arise when employees are not deeply absorbed in another task or need a break from their current task. Our findings echo previous studies, which have found that ill-timed disruptions are more likely to hinder work performance.Finally, shorter interruptions generally spark positive rather than negative emotions. Longer interruptions take up more of the time that people had mentally allocated to planned tasks.Interruptions may be welcomed if they come from liked or respected coworkers.WAYHOME studio/Shutterstock.comRelationships and workload matter tooAnother finding that emerged from our study was the importance of people’s relationships. Although this may not seem all that surprising, researchers have not yet explored the interpersonal aspects of interruptions.Individuals feel positive emotions if they like or respect the person who interrupted them. In some cases, personal liking can spark a good experience even if an interruption is seen as “time-wasting,” poorly timed or overly long.Conversely, if individuals dislike or lack respect for the person interrupting them, interruptions are more likely to generate negative feelings. This is particularly true if the interrupter has a history of intruding frequently about unimportant questions or tasks.We also found that employees’ overall workloads influence interruption experiences. If interruptions occur when they do not have a lot to do, they find it less stressful to work on something unexpected. They can return to planned tasks in the future without fear of missing a deadline or working additional hours.However, when employees have heavier workloads, they feel strong feelings of time pressure, which means that any interruption will be more likely to cause negative emotions.What organizations and employees can doMy research on interruptions has made me much more optimistic about the plight of those who face frequent work interruptions.I believe there are ways to make interruptions better for those on the receiving end. Other management researchers have suggested creating periods of interruption-free time or offering employees a “quota” of uninterrupted time that they can use flexibly.Our research suggests some additional potentially useful approaches. For instance, organizational training programs could teach employees to be more mindful about how, when and why they interrupt others.Managers can also model “healthy” interruption behavior. If they reserve interruptions for worthy tasks and provide positive feedback to subordinates who do the same, they can slowly shift the culture of their workgroups.Employees themselves can turn off communication alerts, put on headphones and silence their phones when they are focused on a thought-intensive task or facing a tight deadline.However, unless leaders and managers openly support this behavior, it will be difficult for individual employees to do so. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSThe ConversationWorkplace Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleTo Save Millions of Fish, Descending Devices Could Soon be Required Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Elana Feldman, Assistant Professor of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Please enter your name herelast_img read more

19 Jun

Award spotlights Orange Audubon Society for its volunteer work at Lake…

first_img Volunteers greet visitors to the District’s Lake Apopka North Shore and wildlife drive. Their service was recently recognized by the District with the Bob Owens Award. Over the years, Orange Audubon Society’s members have been a driving force behind the resurgence of Lake Apopka’s popularity as a birding and wildlife viewing destinationFrom the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictThe St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) has named central Florida’s Orange Audubon Society as this year’s recipient of the Bob Owens Award for Citizen Volunteer Service. The organization received the award for its conservation and public education work at Lake Apopka and Lake Apopka North Shore (LANS). The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSAmbassadorsLake Apopka North ShoreLake Apopka Wildlife DriveOrange Audubon SocietySJRWMDSt. Johns River Water Management Districtvolunteers Previous articleAAA advises with travel tips, even with fewer Americans traveling this ThanksgivingNext articleApopka Police Department and City welcomes four new officers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Over the years, Orange Audubon Society’s members have been a driving force behind the resurgence of Lake Apopka’s popularity as a birding and wildlife viewing destination. Among its many accomplishments, Orange Audubon volunteers are on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) each Saturday and Sunday as Ambassadors, providing maps and information to visitors. They also manage a LAWD Facebook page with more than 13,000 followers and organize the North Shore Birding Festival, which in 2019 brought in visitors from 18 states, two Canadian provinces, and the UK. Other achievements include securing four rounds of grants from the National Audubon Society to develop educational kiosks for the LANS, participating in bird, butterfly and dragonfly surveys on LANS since January 2001, and continuing work to build a nature and environmental education center in the Lake Apopka North Shore area.“It is an honor to have Orange Audubon Society recognized with the Bob Owens Award,” said Orange Audubon Society President Deborah Green. “We have been pleased to have the opportunity to partner with and support the District. Our efforts to help with public access to and education about Lake Apopka and its North Shore, an important bird area, have been rewarding. People really appreciate being able to get away from traffic and city noise on both the Lake Apopka Loop Trail and the Wildlife Drive and see so much wildlife.” Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “We’re grateful for Orange Audubon Society’s contributions to the community and its outstanding support for the District’s ongoing work to restore and protect Lake Apopka and the Lake Apopka North Shore,” said SJRWMD’s Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Their dedicated volunteers have expanded the public’s awareness and appreciation of this natural area.”The District award, presented during the November 10 Governing Board meeting, is named for the late Bob Owens of Ormond Beach, a vocal supporter of environmental programs who attended nearly every District Governing Board meeting from the mid-1970s until his death in 1991. Owens was an environmentally aware private citizen who took personal interest in and contributed greatly to the natural resources of Florida. Please enter your name herelast_img read more

18 Jun

Pumped up Jordan Taufua dominates Billy Meakes with thumping midfield hit

first_imgFriday May 4, 2018 Pumped up Jordan Taufua dominates Billy Meakes with thumping midfield hit The Crusaders put in a typically powerful display to blow the Melbourne Rebels away on Friday, closing things off with a late try to seal the 55-10. There were a number of big collisions throughout, especially in a tight first half, with this the pick of the bunch. As the Rebels looked to attack from set piece ball, Billy Meakes ran it up in midfield but was stopped in no uncertain terms by loose forward hitman, Jordan Taufua.The number eight, playing there due to Kieran Read being out with injury, lined him up and put him on his backside in a commanding tackle. He unfortunately then knocked the ball on, but wasn’t too bothered as he was fired up after the hit.The 45-point win for the Crusaders was their biggest win on Australian soil, pleasing coach Scott Robertson, who was impressed with the second half in particular. “The Rebels were courageous for a good half of the game. At haf time our plan was to hold the ball and put a lot of pressure on them to make tackles and we had the ball a little bit more in the second half and managed to score those tries,” he said.Rebels coach Dave Wessels also touched on the first half performance, saying he was frustrated.“I thought in the first half we were in the contest. We made a couple of really key erros which they scored right away from. I can think of three, and they scored 21 points just like that. That’s why they’re the best team in the comp.“We’ve got to figure out what happened there, and there’s a lot of technical things that we missed.”Watch Tafua’s big tackle on MeakesWatch the match highlightscredit: sanzaarADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

15 Jun

Syria event exposes truth

first_imgSome of theforum attendees, Feb. 26.Hollywood was giving an Oscar to the Netflix propaganda documentary “White Helmets,” which has been exposed many times as a piece of fiction promoting terrorists serving the interests of U.S. imperialism and Saudi Arabia. The same day, Feb. 26, Arab Americans for Syria (AA4Syria) sponsored a real documentarian on the Syria crisis at a forum in Los Angeles County at the Holiday Inn in La Mirada.Carla OrtizCarla Ortiz, Bolivian actor and filmmaker known in the U.S., Latin America and Spain, spoke about her new documentary on the Syria crisis. She also gave eyewitness testimony reflecting her wide travel throughout Syria before, during and after the armed conflict. This included the Syrian army’s liberation of Aleppo from U.S.- and Saudi-funded mercenaries.Ortiz gave detailed eyewitness knowledge of the crisis and brutality perpetrated by mercenaries, most of whom are not Syrian. She cut through the lies manufactured by the U.S. government with the help of nongovernmental organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others. These organizations never put a foot in Syria, but instead use information supplied by so-called rebel forces that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia back.Johnny Achi, founder of AA4Syria, and John Parker of the International Action Center, who were both part of an earlier fact-finding delegation to Syria, also spoke at the event.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

4 Jun

Visiting restrictions continue at University Hospital Limerick

first_imgVisiting restrictions remain in place at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) following a number of cases of flu.As of 4.30pm today, there were 11 confirmed positive cases of flu at UHL with a number of other patients symptomatic.A spokesman for the UL Hospitals Group said that as flu can be carried in to the hospital by patients or visitors, it is necessary to restrict visitors to one person per patient only and to remind members of the public that visiting hours are from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 9pm only and are to be strictly adhered to.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Members of the public are reminded not to bring children on visits anywhere in the hospital. Parents visiting children are unaffected by the restrictions but are advised not to bring siblings,” the spokesman added.“We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and relatives by these necessary measures, which are being taken in the interests of patient care.“All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made to manage and contain the spread of the flu. Patients are being isolated as appropriate.“People with flu-like symptoms are advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance and avoid presenting at the emergency department at UHL. Any patient presenting in any part of the hospital for any reason should also advise staff if they or a family member has been showing symptoms of flu or indeed of norovirus (winter vomiting bug).See http://undertheweather.ie/ for practical advice on how to mind yourself or your family when you’re sick.UL Hospitals Group again urges at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine from their GP or pharmacist. People in at-risk groups can get the flu vaccine free of charge. People without medical or GP visit cards may be charged an administration fee).More health news here Facebook TAGSfluinconvenienceinfection controllimerickNorovirussymptomsUHLUL Hospitals Groupuniversity hospital limerickvisiting restrictions Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsHealthVisiting restrictions continue at University Hospital LimerickBy Editor – January 8, 2018 1943 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick students will be able to track their academic progressNext articleLimerick Gardaí launch murder investigation Editor Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

4 Jun

Shannon go-ahead for 2,000 trainees

NewsHealthShannon go-ahead for 2,000 traineesBy Bernie English – February 1, 2018 6114 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleLimerick service centre expected to deal with more than €400 million transactions in 2018Next articleHealth tourism here Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Shannon airport MORE than 2,000 aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians will be trained in Shannon over the next ten years.The announcement of the training by the Atlantic Aviation Institute comes on foot of their getting approval for the training from the Aviation Authority.The two-year training incorporates nine months of classroom instruction, three months in workshops and a year’s practical experience.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Atlantic Aviation Institute Director, Caoimhe O’Donnell said: “We are delighted that this approval will allow us to push ahead with our ambitious plans to train the next generation of aircraft maintenance engineers/technicians.More about transport here. WhatsApp Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Print Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? New high-end jobs for Shannon Email Facebook Linkedin TAGSCaoimhe O’DonnellShannon read more

27 May

Local Ulster Bank branches opening today and tomorrow

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp By News Highland – June 23, 2012 Twitter Newsx Adverts Local Ulster Bank branches opening today and tomorrow Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A number of Ulster Bank branches in the North West are opening today and tomorrow in an effort to help customers affected by a technical problem at the company.It’s prevented the automatic payment of salary and social welfare cheques to more than 100-thousand people in recent days.The Ulster Bank branch in Letterkenny will remain open until 3 o’clock this afternoon, and from 10am to 1pm tomorrow, to facilitate customers affected by the bank’s technical problems this week.A spokesperson says the backlog in sorting out payments will be fully cleared by Monday morning.In the North, the branches in Omagh, Strabane and Coleraine are open today, as are the Culmore and Millenium Forum branches in Derry. Tomorrow, branches will open in Omagh, Coleraine and the Waterside in Derry. Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Previous articleWoman released in Seamus Doherty murder investigationNext articleUS Embassy officials to provide registration services in Donegal next month News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

18 May

Making their mark

first_img In today’s competitive marketplace, firms are fighting to be the first name we think of when choosing a service. But what do their logos tell us about the company and its attitude? Asks Jim DaviesYou might expect it of the tabloids, but the broadsheets are just as bad. Whenever a high-profile corporate identity revamp makes the news, they’ll simply slap an old logo next to new one, caption it “before” and “after” and inform a bemused public that this simple exercise cost shareholders region £10m – and oh, we were quite fond the old logo anyhow.It’s an incredibly superficial take on corporate identity, and design for that matter, reducing it to little more an arbitrary exercise in mark-making – as if a cool £10m buys you a pretty designer doodle. In fact, the logo is only a small part of the service offered by specialist consultancies such as Wolff Olins, Landor Associates, Bamber Forsythe, Coley Porter Bell and Henrion, Ludlow & Schmidt. The real business of corporate identity lies in effectively communicating the ethos and spirit of the company, and this process can take literally months of research to determine perceptions of the company both internally and externally. Only then can the tricky business of shifting and improving these perceptions begin.In the introduction to his book Corporate Identity: Making Business Strategy Visible Through Design, corporate identity guru Wally Olins states that, “The identity of a corporation must be so clear that it becomes the yardstick against which its products, behaviour and actions are measured. This means that the identity cannot simply become a slogan, a collection of phrases: it must be visible, tangible and all-embracing.” Like the letters running through a stick of seaside rock, in other words.Olins also makes reference to the origins of corporate identity, which can be traced back to regimental flags and insignia. These emblems served a two-fold purpose, firstly to strike fear into the enemy by letting them know exactly who was coming after them, secondly, to give the troops a sense of belonging, a symbolic badge which they could be proud enough to fight for.Similarly, how staff perceive and feel about their company is a crucial aspect of corporate identity. It determines how they project the corporate image to outsiders, and whether they feel comfortable working with the company culture. Which is of course a two-way street; treatment of staff, and relationships with management directly affect morale, atmosphere and, therefore, collective personality. After all, if you’re happy in your job, chances are that you have good things to say about your employer – but the opposite also holds true. The following case studies consider whether particular corporate identities accurately reflect human resources policies. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Making their markOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

12 May

BBC staff force short-term contract review

first_imgBBC staff force short-term contract reviewOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The BBC is to review its use of short-term employment contracts afterpressure from staff. The review will look at the practices and procedures of employing staff onshort-term contracts and examine whether they are being fairly treated. Around 20 per cent of the BBC’s staff are currently on short-term contracts.HR director Stephen Dando, who will lead the review, said it was clear the useof these contracts made some staff feel uncertain about their future. “Concerns have been communicated across the BBC, both over how wehandle short-term contracts and the number of short-term contracts,” Dandosaid. “It has been a troubling issue for quite a lot of people.” He added although short-term contracts are a feature of the broadcastingindustry, it is important staff feel appreciated. “If people feeluncertain, we want to change this and make them feel valued,” he said. The review is part of the BBC’s plans to change its employment culturethrough its One BBC: Making It Happen programme. Dando stressed that the issue is complex and a quick-fix solution is notavailable, but is optimistic the review will lead to positive changes.”There are a number of different drivers that we need to understand beforechanging,” he said. l BBC staff have been asked to stop shouting at work. The organisation is tobring in ‘polite police’ to encourage bad-tempered staff to be civil. Those whobreak the rules may be sent on anger management courses. last_img read more

7 May

VAALCO announces completion of 3D seismic survey data acquisition over entire Etame Marin Block

first_img VAALCO acquires 3D seismic survey data over Entire Etame Marin Block. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) VAALCO Energy announced that the acquisition of three dimensional (“3-D”) seismic data at the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon has been completed.HighlightsCompleted the acquisition of nearly 1,000 square kilometers of new dual-azimuth proprietary 3-D seismic data over the entire Etame Marin block which will be used to optimize and de-risk future drilling locations and potentially identify new drilling locations;Enhances sub-surface imaging by merging legacy data with newly acquired seismic allowing for the first continuous 3-D seismic over the entire block;Estimates the total costs of both the acquisition and processing of seismic data to be approximately $14 to $16 million gross over the period from Q4 2020 through Q4 2021 and VAALCO expects to fully fund its portion with cash on hand and cash from operations;Processing of the seismic data expected to begin in January 2021 with all data expected to be fully processed and analyzed by Q4 2021; andPlanning for the commencement of the next drilling campaign at Etame in late 2021 or early 2022.Cary Bounds, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of our new proprietary 3-D seismic survey over our entire Etame Marin Block. We will now proceed with the processing and analysis of the data that has been collected. Over the past 20 years, we have capitalized on the significant resource potential at Etame by increasing the ultimate recovery from the initial estimate of 30 million gross barrels of oil to 147 million gross barrels of oil on a 2P basis. Looking ahead, our new 3-D seismic survey is a vital tool in helping us unlock the remaining 116 million gross barrels of oil reserves and resources identified on the license. The new seismic data will help us to optimize every location that we plan to drill and potentially identify new locations to add to our drillable inventory. Additionally, our recent announcement of the acquisition of Sasol’s interest at Etame combined with the new 3-D seismic survey underscore our confidence in the long-term potential at Etame.” Source: Company Press Release Enhances sub-surface imaging by merging legacy data with newly acquired seismic allowing for the first continuous 3-D seismic over the entire blocklast_img read more