1. Multitasking leads to lessened efficiency. The human brain can really only focus on one thing at a time. Although you may feel that you are getting more done in less time, your brain actually needs more time to switch its focus between tasks.
2. Confusion can cause ineffective results. If your employees are constantly switching their focus between tasks, details will get muddled and confusion will ensue.
3. You are not getting the most out of limited resources. Product development can suffer when resources are incorrectly allocated. Multitasking takes focus away from devoting the proper amount of time to each project.
4. Employees can become burned out. Filling every spare moment with a different task seems like the best project management strategy, but weary employees will become less productive than if they had time for mental breaks earlier in the process.
5. The team is no longer a team. Multitasking often turns into an individual’s game as each employee finds different pockets of time to devote to a product assignment. The “two heads are better than one” strategy for product development will cease to apply.