Workplace Multitasking and Mood (05-11-20)

Researchers have determined that at-work email interruptions degrade emotional state; it is reasonable to extend their findings to other disruptions experienced.  Pavlidis, Mark, and Gutierrez-Osuna found that “constant interruptions can actually create sadness and fear and eventually, a tense working environment. . .  ‘Individuals who engaged in multitasking appeared significantly sadder than those who did not. Interestingly, sadness tended to mix with a touch of fear in the multitasking cohort,’ Pavlidis said. . . . Negative displayed emotions – especially in open office settings – can have significant consequences on company culture, according to the paper. ‘Emotional contagion can spread in a group or workplace through the influence of conscious or unconscious processes involving emotional states or physiological responses.’"

“Multitasking in the Workplace Can Lead to Negative Emotions.”  2020.  Press release, University of Houston,