New Insight Article: How Work Processes are Degraded by Information Overload

Posted on December 6, 2012 · Posted in Impact and Symptoms
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I’m continuing to write the series of articles that analyze the negative effects of Information Overload in an enterprise setting (though many of the points noted apply to individual knowledge workers, such as small business owners, as well).

The third of these articles discusses the damage information overload does to key processes in the organization, including effective meetings, team communications, work planning and people management (remember when meetings used to be about thinking and creating value together, not about ignoring each other and surreptitiously doing email?)

The article reviews the ways that too much email and constant interruptions have degraded our most basic interactions in the workplace, a degradation that has crept up on us over the past couple of decades gradually and insidiously. This will hopefully raise awareness of what is going on and enable you to take the first step towards restoring effectiveness to its former level.