För några dagar sedan bloggade jag om forskning rörande män och kvinnors simultanförmåga. När jag fortsatte fördjupa mig i ämnet visade flera rapporter att det INTE är bra att göra flera saker samtidigt. Snarare ska man försöka fokusera och välja att göra en sak i taget och göra den riktigt bra.
Mårten Westberg på NetSurvey, som också intresserar sig för ”multitasking”, lyfter fram att forskning visar att kvinnor ofta försöker jobba med flera uppgifter samtidigt. I kommentarsfältet utvecklar Mårten sina tankar:
My hypothesis is that many women overrate their ability to multitask and I am convinced that this stops millions of women from reaching their true potential at work.
I suspect that this is part of the higher stress level women experience today. Waking up in the wee hours, thinking about work, may partly be the effect of the habit of trying to do multiple things. Compare a computer where five spreadsheets, ten word documents and twenty browsers are open to a similar computer where you finish your first job before you open the next. The multi tasking computer performs slower and breaks down more often. As in the computer parable, I believe that ”chunking”* is a better path towards productivity in this hectic world.
Our research on groups shows us that we all benefit from evenly mixed groups. Evenly mixed groups makes us happier and our work groups more efficient. Today an organization with an equal amount of men and women typically has less than 1/3 evenly mixed groups (between 40 and 60 percent of both genders). Women dominate in traditionally feminine areas such as secretarial duties and customer service. Men dominate in sales, production and managerial positions. For more evenly mixed groups to happen, women need to do as well in careers as men do. The “multi tasking theory” fits well with jobs such as assistants, secretaries and customer service. This permeates the skewed situation we have today. The concept that women are able to multi task makes it more difficult to reach that point. Women may be a little less lousy on it than men are. That is not enough.