Why You Can’t Work at Work

Does the "modern workplace" affect productivity? In what way?

  • Yes, negatively

    Votes: 10 55.6%
  • Yes, positively

    Votes: 3 16.7%
  • No

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • Not sure

    Votes: 4 22.2%

  • Total voters


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I find this quote fascinating.
Jason Fried said:
Yeah, my feeling is that the modern workplace is structured completely wrong. It’s really optimized for interruptions. And interruptions are the enemy of work. They are the enemy of productivity, they are the enemy of creativity, they are the enemy of everything.
Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals.

You can read/hear more about it @ http://bigthink.com/ideas/18522

What do you think?


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I voted 'not sure' because it's been a long time since I worked a 'normal' job.

However, I do kind of agree with him. I hate to be interrupted when I'm on a roll at work. Breaking my concentration is akin to telling me "no more work today", because I'm done for. :rolleyes:


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Most of my job, at least in recent years, is training interns, and dealing with meetings and conferences, so not much can interrupt me.

However, I was helping my dad with his business once, and just the sheer amount of interruptions made it difficult to keep on task.