A study from 2021 proves that moving directly from one meeting to the next increases employee stress and reduces performance. The brain must first complete a task and find a distance before it can efficiently devote itself to other topics.
The study was conducted by the Microsoft Human Factors Lab and took place between 8 and 18 March 2021. A total of 14 people who participated in video conferences while wearing electroencephalogram (EEG) devices to monitor the electrical activity in their brains were studied. The participants were Microsoft and non-Microsoft employees from the US who worked in the information industry and usually worked remotely. The study consisted of two different blocks of sessions in which each participant took part. In the first session, half of the participants took part in a series of four half-hour sessions, while the others had four half-hour sessions interspersed with 10-minute breaks during which participants meditated using the Headspace app. The following week, the groups were swapped so that each participant went through both conditions. Each 30-minute meeting was accompanied by three to four additional non-EEG volunteers to create a variation of participants working together to complete the assigned tasks. The tasks varied and included, for example, designing an office layout or creating a marketing plan. It is important to note that Headspace was not involved in the planning or implementation of the study.
Here is the link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/worklab/work-trend-index/brain-research
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