Does email make managers less effective and worse at managing their staff? Or do they mean we just have to manage our time better?
We all use it? Sometimes it seems as though it rules our life? Email.
Recent research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, led by management professor Russell Johnson, Michigan State University showed how email meant that managers were less effective and worse at managing their staff.
The team found that "they neglect manager-responsibilities and their subordinates don't have the leadership behavior they need to thrive."
Other research has shown that it can take at least 15 minutes to refocus from an interruption at work whether that is from email or someone asking you a question. This can lead to a sense of overwhelming. Johnson's research showed managers tended to focus on tasks they could do as it helped them feel they were achieving something rather than on the people-management aspects and leadership.
You can read more here Is email evil?
So what can you do about it?
There are other things you can do too to help you make better use of your time.
Put 'meetings' in your diary with you so that you have time to work on your own work.
Often people don't feel able to say no to things and people. Saying "no, not now," can help you manage your time and get things done. If you want to learn how to say no more comfortably have a look here.
Email is a great tool but be in charge of it not it in charge of you.
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