Reducing Information Pollution
Information Overload: We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us
Information Overload: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us, a 26-page report, looks at strategies companies can use to cope with information overload, including ten tips designed to ease the burden immediately. Read more…
The subject line grabbed my attention-“Information Overload: The Impact on the Organization.”
The thought of spending time listening to the webcast was itself pressure. But I was feeling particularly overloaded that day, so I registered for the free event from the nonprofit group calling itself the Information Overload Research Group (IORG; http://iorgforum.org). A key company in the organization is Basex, Inc. (www.basex.com), which describes itself as a “knowledge economy research firm” that serves IT vendors and buyers with an expertise in knowledge worker management and productivity. Here’s the compelling statistic: Basex estimates, based on data it has gathered, that information overload costs the U.S. economy a minimum of $900 billion a year in lost productivity and reduced innovation. That’s a big number.
With everyone else paying attention to Y2K, the analysts at The Basex Group have had time to reflect on the great changes which have taken place since 1900, when electricity and telegraphy were first entering the popular consciousness.
In tribute to those years beginning with “19″, we have researched what we decided to name «19XX Milestones» and present these herewith…..
Have you ever wondered what information-related issue creates the most anxiety amongst middle managers? The fact that information overload would be near the top of the list might surprise you. In advance of 2008, Basex, a knowledge economy research and advisory firm, named information overload as the expected ‘problem-of-the-year’. They estimated that over the course of 2008, an estimated $650bn would be lost in the United States due to reduced productivity and throttled innovation. Additionally, their research concluded that as much as eight hours of worker productivity per week would be lost because of this phenomenon.
A year ago, Basex announced that Information Overload would be the 2008 “Problem-of-the-Year.” Now that we know that Information Overload costs the U.S. economy a minimum of $900 billion per year, it appears that it will be 2009’s problem as well.
Whether sitting at a desk in the office, in a conference room, in one’s home office, or at a client, the likelihood of being able to complete a task (what many call “work”) without interruption is nil. Content creation has gone off the charts and new forms of content are being pushed towards us at an ever increasing pace. It’s not just e-mail, junk mail, text messages, phone calls, and monthly reports anymore. Read more…