Taking time out to gossip can help you
stay more focused overall.
Published online 30 June 2008 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2008.925
Get a (social) life
Employees who socialize between tasks, but not during, are more productive.
John Whitfield (/news/author/John+Whitfield/index.html)
Even cubicle monkeys need a social life if they're going to do
their job well, say US researchers.
Tightly knit groups of colleagues who communicate with one
another frequently are more productive than those who are
more isolated, the researchers have found. On the other hand,
communication at the wrong time reduces productivity.
The researchers used electronic monitoring to tease apart the
various types of interaction in the workplace and their
differing effects. Such monitoring could improve how
individuals and organizations work, but it raises issues about
the extent to which companies monitor their employees'