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The high costs of multitasking

Research conducted in the United States is claimed to reveal the hidden costs of multi-tasking.

Technology increasingly tempts people to do more than one thing at a time, but time is lost when people switch from one task to another. Time costs were shown to increase with the complexity of the tasks, so it took significantly longer to switch between more complex tasks.

Integrated expatriation service

Hailed as the first of its kind, Propeller (www. propelleronline. com) is a web-enabled expatriation service established earlier this year to cut through the red tape associated with employing expatriates. The service covers issues including visas and work permits, social security, tax, banking, and health insurance.

An issue of time

Workers are demanding more control over their working time, says the Industrial Society. A survey of 2,132 employees showed that less than half of all workers have any control over their hours. Yet innovative, high-quality work requires a fluid approach to working time, the Industrial Society insists. Advances in IT allow for a less rigid approach, but so far the potential of technology has been largely unrealised. The more say workers have over their working time, the less stressed they feel and the more able they are to balance home and work pressures.

'Time out - a case for time sovereignty' can be found at www. indsoc. co. uk

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