Information Overload a Real Problem
I just read an article based on a study from Hitachi Data Systems that companies are drowning under an information deluge. According to the article it is causing increased levels of stress and psychological illness, costing billions in lost productivity. The report found 81% of companies surveyed now considered it important to manage data growth, up from 68% two years ago.
According to Marc Peter, Director of Technology at LexisNexis, which conducted an International Workplace Productivity study last year, “there are two key drivers for information overload, a lot of information is irrelevant for the person who is receiving it and the second one is there is an inability of systems and processes in organization to manage information efficiently.”
What surprises me is that there are tools available to address the problem of organizing and managing content which solves some of the problems, albeit not all of the problems. A glut of emails, instant messaging, social media, meetings, and of course the telephone all demand time and increase information overload.
I am interest in knowing if your organization has recognized the problem and are they actively adressing it? Do you think it is a real problem?
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