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Office Productivity Tools are Destroying Office Productivity


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#1 LFC

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:23 PM

Emails and collaboration apps likes Slack, HipChat, Teams, etc. were supposed to save us so much time and foster "innovation", a real word that has now become a major feature in corporate-speak. Turns out not so much. The problem isn't necessarily the tools themselves but zero guidance on how to use them effectively.

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“Productivity software should be something you use less than the thing you used before,” Sarah Lacy, founder of tech site Pando and Chairman Mom (a members-only community for working women) told Recode. That hasn’t been the case.

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“If we don’t think critically about how we use the tools, we’re going to be the same exact people in a new place. We won’t be more or less efficient if we don’t think critically about our choices around how we behave with the tool,” Sarah Peck, founder and executive director of Startup Pregnant, an online community where people ask questions about motherhood and entrepreneurship, said. “We’re just moving email to another place and it’s less searchable.”


And be sure to look at the graph associated with this.

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When Slack was down for a few hours on June 27, 2018, people using RescueTime software behaved more productively than they had the same time a week earlier. (RescueTime measures productivity based on time spent in an app or on a website and how productive, on average, its more than 12,000 users consider those apps to be.)

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Posted 02 May 2019 - 12:06 PM

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“If we don’t think critically about how we use the tools, we’re going to be the same exact people in a new place. We won’t be more or less efficient if we don’t think critically about our choices around how we behave with the tool,

This is a no-kidding moment. On the one hand, you want a collaborative environment. On the other hand, you design your workplace to anything but that. You have people sitting right next to each other who barely speak. Collaboration, out the window. Really, not even a good plan for friendly competition, within the workplace.

Then there's the corporate plan. Keep 'em quiet, make them happy. Do they train for the deficits of the environment? Sadly, no. If it doesn't work, the employees are to be blamed.

I've seen more than one "hot" tech-based company here die by this sword. And it really does come down to poor management, and way too much emphasis on these "innovations".
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Posted 02 May 2019 - 12:34 PM

View PostPractical Girl, on 02 May 2019 - 12:06 PM, said:

I've seen more than one "hot" tech-based company here die by this sword. And it really does come down to poor management, and way too much emphasis on these "innovations".

Something I see repeatedly are managers that are always looking outward from the company. Outward to sales. Outward for contractors. Outward for the latest and greatest software development methodology. When it comes to actually sitting down and making the company function they leave it to the lowest level managers to "work it out." Why? Because that part ain't much fun. Flying around and acting important in meetings with other so-called important people is fun. The day to day of running a large business with multiple departments is just sooooo boring.
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