Using Instant Messaging in your firm? You should.

Here’s an article from Science Daily that suggests that Instant Messaging (IM) reduces workplace interruptions. If you’ve been avoiding IM in your workplace because you believe it saps productivity, think again:

The study challenges the widespread belief that instant messaging leads to an increase in disruption. Some researchers have speculated that workers would use instant messaging in addition to the phone and e-mail, leading to increased interruption and reduced productivity.

Instead, research showed that instant messaging was often used as a substitute for other, more disruptive forms of communication such as the telephone, e-mail, and face-to-face conversations. Using instant messaging led to more conversations on the computer, but the conversations were briefer, said R. Kelly Garrett, co-author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State.

Worth a read.

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