Polychronic Behavior

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  • A term that refers to the variety of activities, roles, and tasks that organizational members are expected to handle simultaneously, or at least concurrently. As competitive pressures mount, and as time itself is seen, increasingly, as a resource to be measured and monitored, firms are attempting to do more with less and to do it as quickly as possible. With the advent of increasingly efficient and portable technology, such as computers and cell phones, it is more and more common for individuals to engage in multiple tasks within the same time period. These trends promote polychronic behavior in most organizations.

    Monochronic individuals attend to things serially or one at a time, and polychronic individuals attend to several things at a time. In workplace vernacular, workers are ...

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