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Join me at the Oct 20 Information Overload Awareness Day Webinar!

Posted on October 7th, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

October 20 is Information Overload Awareness Day, and we’re holding an online event at 11 AM EST. Attendance is free but we ask that you register now at The Information Overload Awareness Day 2015 event, sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group, is a workplace observance, now in its eighth year, that calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations. This year’s event includes a free 60-minute webinar at 11 a.m. EDT, with several information overload speakers, and is hosted by Jonathan Spira, IORG’s VP of Research. On the webinar’s agenda:.. Read more

Backs, Chairs, Wrists, and Office Ergonomics

Posted on July 30th, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

An epiphany from my past Back in the late eighties my company brought in a chiropractor to give a lecture to interested employees about back pain and how to avoid it. I went to listen, and learned about proper sitting positions and the like: the way you sat at your computer, it turned out, was critical to keeping your spine in good shape. And then I noticed two things: first, the chairs we all had – luxurious, amply padded ones – were definitely not what this guy was advocating; and second, almost all the attendees already had lower back pain;.. Read more

Announcing Information Overload Day!

Posted on October 13th, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Every year in October the Information Overload Research Group (IORG) promotes the observance of the worldwide Information Overload Day. This holiday may not cure the problem that is exacting a growing toll on the effectiveness and sanity of knowledge workers worldwide, but it is a way to give some reach to the message that something needs to be done about it! This year the day is Tuesday, Oct. 21, and I urge you to devote some time during that day to consider how you can reduce the overload you suffer and the one you create for others – and to.. Read more

“Overloaded 2014” Conference Coming Up! Will You Be There?

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) will host Overloaded 2014, a one-day conference focusing on Information Overload, on June 7, 2014 in beautiful San Francisco. As in past years, this will be an intimate one-day gathering of thought leaders working together in the heart of San Francisco. We will hear interesting talks, create a lively dialog, and develop together new insight into the state of information overload and the latest solutions. The event will bring together academic researchers, solution developers, consultants, analysts and industry practitioners – crossing the boundaries between these domains has always been my favorite part of IORG’s.. Read more

New Insight Article: Quality of Life Effects of Information Overload

Posted on January 7th, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Here is the fourth and last insight article in the series that analyzes 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). This article analyzes the cruelest impact of IO, one that doesn’t merely make people ineffective (which it certainly does), but also makes them miserable, and reaches out to hurt their families as well. The article reviews the different ways that IO destroys quality of life – at home, but also at work, where it has significantly reduced the level.. Read more

Join us at IORG’s “Overloaded 2013” in San Francisco!

Posted on December 21st, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) will host Overloaded 2013, a one-day conference focusing on Information Overload, on February 9, 2013 in beautiful San Francisco. Overloaded 2013 will revolve around a day-long and lively dialog amongst attendees, all focusing on addressing the costly problem of Information Overload. If you share our passion, we’d love your attendance in San Francisco on on Feb. 9, 2013.  We invite you to reserve your place by registering at . This event will follow the model that worked so well in the successful Overloaded 2012 gathering last year. We will have a couple of.. Read more

Will Gen Z Employees be Pre-wired for Collaboration in the Workplace?

Posted on September 10th, 2012 · Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Uncategorized

Improving Collaboration in global teams is on most managers’ hot issues list. It has just occurred to me that for once, time may be on our side in solving this issue… The rise of the new multi-generational workplace  has brought much attention to the behaviors, expectations and perceptions of Gen Y employees, and HR people who have the bandwidth to look farther out are busy deciphering Gen Z, which will hit the workplace in a few years. Now, we all know that these young people communicate with their peers through social media and mobile devices, a fact that puts them.. Read more

Just Published: New Article on HR’s Role in Social Media Adoption

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The August issue of HR magazine, which is devoted to Knowledge Management, published an article I wrote titled אתגר והזדמנות: ארגון משאבי אנוש כקטליזטור בהטמעת מדיה חברתית בארגון (Challenge and Opportunity: the HR Group as a Catalyst in Social Media Adoption in the Enterprise). It derives from my passionate belief that organizations need to embrace employees’ use of advanced IT and Internet tools, while guiding adoption sensibly. And being in an HR management journal, it speaks specifically of why HR is ideally positioned to facilitate the adoption of Gen Y tools and mindset in organizations often led by older managers… Read more

IORG announces Info Overload Resource Center!

Posted on July 25th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Information Overload Research Group has released today its Information Overload Resource Center. This is a crowd-sourced repository of articles and research related to Information Overload which is available at You are invited help us build up this repository of IO links.  Go to the above URL, register and submit your share to this communal work in progress! We need links to articles and resources about Information Overload and related issues such as interruptions, multitasking, attention management, and similar information management challenges. We were guided by three principles in creating the resource center: Anyone may contribute pointers to relevant.. Read more

Overloaded 2012 proves a success – Wayda go, IORG!

Posted on February 27th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Information Overload Research Group’s Overloaded 2012 event in San Francisco was fully successful!  Two dozen information overload crusaders from a diversity of domains – academic, industry, consulting, analyst and the public sector – came together, exchanged research results, viewpoints and opinions, and formed friendships and plans for future cooperation. We heard two interesting keynotes: Prof. David Levy of  the University of Washington spoke about “Educating for Acceleration and Overload”, and Jonathan Spira, IORG’s VP of research and CEO of Basex, shared his new research results on Information Overload. This un-conference model – an informal meeting of like minds – .. Read more