You know all those articles that talk about how workplace interruptions cost the U.S. economy x billions of dollars each year? Well, according to Slate, they're full of shit. Jonathan Spira, CEO of the firm that calculated the most widely quoted number ($588 billion, if you're scoring at home), says, "The U.S. economy wouldn't grow by $588 billion if we got rid of these interruptions. We put it this way to illustrate that managers don't really know how to manage."
You can't imagine how thrilled everyone here at Gawker was to read that. As it turns out, we aren't responsible for damaging the U.S. economy at all! What a relief. Now we can get back to more important things: We just saw that Hasidic reggae guy buying moisturizer at the Kiehl's on Third Avenue. Hurry, he may still be there.
Workus Interruptus [Slate]