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IM = Productivity

Jun - 6 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

Some employers think that IM can lead to a lack in productivity – but I’m here to tell you that that is not true! Right now I’m working virtually, so IM is necessary, but when I worked in the library I used IM to eliminate some of the silly interruptions that came from people coming to my desk and calling me by using IM. Now a study at the Ohio State University proves that IM not only makes me more productive, but others as well.

We all know instant messaging has great potential to lead down the path of non-productivity, but researchers at Ohio State University and University of California have found it can be a productivity booster—if used efficiently.

“It is not the case that people are engaging in extensive conversations or trying to resolve complex problems over this very limited medium. Instead, people are using the technology to solicit answers to quick questions from colleagues and coordinate their conversations at more convenient times.”

This via Lifehacker.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Bob Nash says:

    Well it’s true and it’s not. If your IM contact list is made of your business contacts only, than IM is a good productivity tool. If your contact list includes your classmates, girlfriends and your grandmother’s chat friends than it’s a disaster. Watch out! I prefer to use other tools for improving productivity. Like Wrike, for example http://www.wrike.com/. This tool does not replace IM for me of course, but it helps me stay organized. That’s why I love it.

  2. Nicole says:

    In my case my friends are all helpful business contacts :) With the exception of my mother and husband who I only chat with when I have time, the rest of my friends list is made of librarians and techies.

  3. ellie says:

    IM was expected/required in my last profession.

  4. Sandy says:

    It’s a lot more “productive” for me to spend a couple of seconds IMing with my kids/Mom/husband than to stop and call and end up in a long conversation!


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