Archive for January, 2012

We have a generation gap to bridge!

Posted on January 30th, 2012 · Posted in Analysis and Opinion

I’ve reported a number of cases where managers (most famously, Barack Obama)  implement an interrupt-free environment by mandating a “no cellphones” policy in meetings. While I wholeheartedly applaud this behavior, I must in all fairness report a dissenting viewpoint. I was talking to a Gen Y worker whose company  had launched such a ban, and he told me that he thought it was not a good idea at all, because his millennial generation needed the cellphones to work, he said! To his mind, having a coworker without a cellphone in ringing mode meant they were inaccessible, and hence unavailable to.. Read more

Join us at IORG’s “Overloaded 2012” in San Francisco!

Posted on January 14th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Information Overload Research Group is organizing a private one-day gathering of people who are leading the battle against Information Overload from a diversity of domains such as business, academia, technology, journalism, psychology, and research.   If you share our passion, we’d love your attendance in San Francisco on Feb. 25, 2012. For more details, and registration information, go to . See you there!

All alone in the info-flood

Posted on January 6th, 2012 · Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Individual Solutions

Although practically every organization is full of knowledge workers groaning under a deluge of email, it’s interesting to note that in many of them I run into a small minority of people who have things under control. I discover them on occasion when I explain the various solutions I can bring in, and someone says “Oh, but I already handle this by…” or “I never do that, I always…” The things they do vary; my favorite are the rare heroes who tell me they turn off all electronic devices after work hours, but there are many variations. Basically these people.. Read more