Employees are more willing to be flexible when it comes to their workload, but their employers are also less likely to use that flexibility when it means sacrificing performance, according to a new study by researchers at Boston University.
Key takeawaysThe study found that employees who use a memory strategy called ‘flexible recall’ tend to perform better at the end of the year.
This flexibility may mean that employees are able to work on the same project again in the future, which may be a key factor in their productivity.
“The study suggests that flexibility may be critical for employees who are already at the front of the queue for projects to be performed in a timely fashion, or that employees with a flexible memory strategy are less likely than those without to work in a slower pace,” said lead author Dr. Jens Epprich, a B.T.E. graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the Boston University School of Medicine.
In the study, participants were randomly assigned to one of three memory strategies: flexible recall, slow recall, and a slower recall strategy.
After a period of 12 weeks, the study team collected data on more than 12,000 participants and compared their performance on memory tasks.
The results showed that participants who used flexible recall showed a statistically significant increase in their performance in the end-of-year study, but not in their task performance.
According to the researchers, this study suggests flexible memory strategies could be a useful strategy for managing stress and fatigue at work, as well as for employees in general.
“Flexible recall is particularly helpful for managers, as it can help to manage their stress levels in the workplace,” Eppfrich said.
“Employees who use flexible memory are able use the memory to stay focused and on task, allowing them to perform tasks in a more efficient way.
This is particularly beneficial when they are facing difficult situations at work.”
As for the benefits of the slower recall, the researchers noted that it also seems to have a negative impact on employees’ performance.
In a survey conducted by the B.U.S. Department of Labor, about 80 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the quality of their work.
The researchers also found that flexibility in the work environment is also linked to employee retention.
The researchers found that when employees are less flexible, they are less motivated to stay with their current employer and are less interested in pursuing new opportunities.
“If employees who do not use flexible recall do not feel that they have a significant impact on their performance, they may decide not to seek out an employer that will allow them to continue working in the current capacity,” Epps said.
This research was funded by the U.
S Department of Health and Human Services and by the National Institutes of Health.
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