Auto-analytics and Why Headphones Aren’t Evil

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There’ve been complaints about younger workers – often Millennials, which will be the term I will use from here out – are losing out on traditional, organic networking and collaboration at work because they’re stuck between a set of headphones.  “Anti-social”, “anti-collaborative” and “career-killing” are phrases tossed about in articles at and linked by HBR.

However, Scott Berinato, an HBR blogger, tried out some auto-analytics to measure his productivity and came up with a contrary picture.  Read the article here (Here’s the article he references, which is great on its own). But the basic takeaway I got is that this is a changing world driven by increased exposure to lots of different tech; incoming workers were raised on this new tech; and old expectations should be examined and, if necessary, changed.

How do you feel about your employees or coworkers spending their time with headphones on?

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Sarah Jedrey

About Sarah Jedrey

Sarah wears lots of hats, touching everything from content marketing to front-end development. She is the main client trainer at Matrix Group. She also edits Matrix Group's YouTube series, The Matrix Minute, as well as screencasts and videos for clients. When she's not at work, she's car-singing, cooking or creating comics and illustrations. She has one attention-seeking cat named Mouth.