It turns out that interruption of work during work sometimes brings positive emotions



When people were asked to do another job or were talked about on smartphones or chats, they were thought to be stressed by negative emotions such as annoyance and anxiety. However, research results have been reported to show that 'some people have a positive attitude even when their work is interrupted .'

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A research team led by Associate Professor Elana Feldman of the University of Massachusetts Lowell investigated 35 people working in multiple industries during the day when work was interrupted. All subjects worked full-time and regularly used electronic devices such as smartphones and PCs as part of their work.

The research team had subjects record in detail the timing of work interruption, how much work was interrupted, and how their emotions changed at that time. The day after the survey was conducted, the research team interviewed the subjects to find out what was interrupted and what they were doing when they stopped.


As a result of the investigation, a total of 256 interruptions were recorded. Of those, 30% were associated with positive emotions such as excitement and happiness. It was also found that more than 75% of the subjects felt positive emotions by interrupting their work at least once.

According to Associate Professor Feldman, if work is interrupted at the right time , there is a high possibility of receiving positive emotions. Research in 2005 pointed out that the right timing is determined by the mental load, such as 'when you are not concentrating on another task' or 'when you need to stop the work and take a break.' It was.

Associate professor Feldman pointed out that 'Many people living in Western culture think that time is a valuable product with limited time,' he said. “I ’m more likely to take a job interruption positively,” he said. In addition, there seems to be a tendency for positive feelings to be brought about when work interruption time is short.

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In addition, Associate Professor Feldman argues that not only the timing but also the relationship of “who was interrupted by” influences emotions. If you have a favor for the person who stopped your work, even if you stop at an inappropriate time, there is a possibility that it will be accepted positively. Conversely, if your work is interrupted by a person who hates or does not respect you, you are more likely to cause negative emotions.

Associate Professor Feldman can apply the results of this study to teach employees to pay more attention to “when, how, and why others interrupt their work” in organized training programs. Insist that it will be. “Managers can model how to keep their subordinate's hands healthy. They can put a break for valuable work or be positive for subordinates doing the same job. If you provide feedback, the workplace atmosphere will change gradually, 'he said.

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