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Can you multi task in a noisy place?

How does multitasking deal with the concept of noise?

Describe a scenario where multitasking results in negative efficiency and another scenario where multitasking results in positive efficiency.

Of all the factors that play a role in the process, which is the most important and why?

Describe three different barriers to effective listening and how they develop in the workplace.

Describe some basic steps you could take to remove existing barriers in your current workplace (or classroom).

Describe the different types of listeners and how a business leader might develop employees to become active listeners.

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How does multitasking deal with the concept of noise?

A recent study done on the effects of background noise on multitasking resulted in statement that "background noise can have negative effects on the ability to multitask, especially when task demands are increased" (Marone, 2013). I am not talking about listening to music while studying or working I am sure we do not need to give this up in order to be more productive. Most people as a part of their daily routine multitask. Often we are requiring our brains to switch from visual or auditory information and very often we must manage multiple tasks in the same time period where those visual and auditory functions actually must overlap. For example speech recognition is required for listening. However when multitasking in background noise this can require a much greater cognitive processing than multitasking in a quiet environment basically because we have to have an increase in the effort required to listen.

Describe a scenario where multitasking results in negative efficiency and another scenario where multitasking results in positive efficiency.

As I stated above we often multi-task without even being aware of it but it is not without consequences and sometimes those are negative. The best example I can provide is say you are working on a very important report but also in that small corner of the computer screen you see an e-mail come in from your boss. You check the e-mail and at the same time take a phone call from a co-worker about where you are meeting for lunch. With all these items mulling around in your brain at the same time you have lost the focus required to adequately complete one item. Oh sure your lunch plans are complete and you realize your boss is going somewhere for the afternoon but now that you are back to the report you have left off an important item, lost concentration all of which results in a report that is not totally accurate and certainly ...

Solution Summary

This response deals with the concept of noise and multitasking. What factors play a role in the process; barriers to listening; and different types of listeners are among a few things this response addresses.

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