Friday, December 22, 2006

December 29 Is ‘No Interruptions Day’

JENKINTOWN, Penn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – December 25 and January 1 get a lot of attention, but for American workers, the most important date next week is Friday (Dec. 29). That’s because December 29 has been declared “No Interruptions Day,” and workers are supposed to celebrate by not interrupting their coworkers when they’re dealing with work-related issues. Career expert Pamela Holland believes every day should be “No Interruptions Day” but is happy there’s at least one day a year calling attention to the problem. She says workplace interrupters generally fall into two categories: Those who interrupt others based on their own personal to-do list and keep coming back 10 times or so to ask little questions; and the employees who are just oblivious and either yell from the next room or walk into the office and start chatting without asking if its a good time. Holland figures the best way to minimize office interruptions is by putting up a Post-It note to warn people when you’re not able to talk, but also suggests potential interrupters ask themselves, “Do I have a strong reason to interrupt this person right now?”

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