Author: Nathan Zeldes

Should You Strive for ‘Inbox Zero’?

Resource Author:  Robin Madell
Resource Date:  2019-05-23
Resource Name:  US News
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A critical look at the poppular “Inbox Zero” model.

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Try a Computer “Desktop Zero” To Stay Focused on Your Work

Resource Author:  Dave Greenbaum
Resource Date:  2015-02-28
Resource Name:  Lifehacker
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An often overlooked aspect of Info Overload: the Windows desktop!

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Your Anti-Work-from-Home Policy Is Costing You a Fortune

Resource Author:  Khiv Singh
Resource Date:  2019-05-02
Resource Name:  Your Anti-Work-from-Home Policy Is Costing You a Fortune
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While telecommuting and work-from-home options continue to be adopted by a large and growing percentage of employers, several have moved to reverse the trend of work-at-home employment, forcing employees back into corporate offices.

Why do companies resist work from home?

Many employers struggle with it because managers are unable to discern the productivity level of remote workers. Understanding how to optimize employee effort and output (productivity) is essential, and a new breed of analytics solutions called “people analytics” enables organizations to observe overall work trends and productivity of employees—whether they are in the office or working remotely.

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Information Overload – interview in The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Resource Author:  Steve Paikin
Resource Date:  2015-12-11
Resource Name:  TVO
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Daniel Levitin discusses how to battle the data deluge as laid out in his book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”

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Information Overload: Why Our ‘Smartphones’ Aren’t Making Us Any Smarter

Resource Author:  Micah Hanks
Resource Date:  2018-07-21
Resource Name:  Mysterious Universe
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This article looks at the many negative effects og overuse of smartphones.

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How to Go About Renovating the Workplace and the Workday in 2019

Resource Author:  Khiv Singh
Resource Date:  2019-03-07
Resource Name:  Business 2 Community
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Technology has vastly changed all aspects of our lives, particularly the workplace.

Web conferencing, Skype, the cloud, and even the introduction of virtual reality in the enterprise – the list of changes is significant.

But there are other technological tools companies are beginning to use remodel the workplace and the notion of the workday, while improving productivity and employee satisfaction. In 2019, there are five changes in work as we know it that can better the workplace and which can be enabled by today’s digital workplace technology.

First among them is that people should be allowed to work remotely.

What are the remaining four changes, and how can technology enable them?

Click the article link to find out.

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We May Be Collaborating Too Much

Resource Author:  Khiv Singh
Resource Date:  2019-03-07
Resource Name:  Datanami
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There’s no shortage of enterprise aptitude for digital collaboration tools.

But in the midst of this digital collaboration arms race, are we helping or hurting overall workplace productivity and effectiveness?

As organizations have placed an ever-increasing focus on adopting new technologies to aid collaboration and engineer a more responsive, real-time business, we’ve now reached a state of communication overload.

Today corporate success hinges on intellectual capability, and productivity is dependent on cultivating a focused workplace that facilitates the synthesis of information, for value creation and innovation. To this end, employers must provide an employee experience that facilitates focused work—one that prioritizes attention management or mindfulness and not just the latest technology that is the “flavor of the month.”

Via people analytics, organizations and work groups capture and study work patterns and analyze it to understand productivity trends and traps, thus eliminating collaboration overkill and improving the employee experience by minimizing stress and improving efficiency.

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A License to Mail?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  2019-02-27
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes blog
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How come you don’t need to take training before even being allowed near the Reply All button? Other skills that cvan do harm – driving, medical practice, practicing law – involve study before you can even apply for a permit: there is driver’s education, medical school, law school… but email doesn’t have so much as a short course.

This is a big problem. There is every reason for organizations to mandate “Email Ed” classes for all employees, like it does for safety training and other critical skills.

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How Smartphones are Harming our Children – and What to Do About It

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  2019-01-31
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes blog
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This post takes a look at the effect of smartphones on small children, 10 years and younger. Recent surveys show figures around 25% for children under 10 who have their own device, and these numbers are rising; the risks are severe, and span a wide range from damaged personality development to visual impairment.
The post goes beyond the risks and looks at some solutions, at the country, school, and personal level.

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Don’t Reply to Your Emails: The case for inbox infinity

Resource Author:  Taylor Lorenz
Resource Date:  2019-01-08
Resource Name:  The Atlantic
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This article promotes the following strategy: inbox infinity. “Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see. It’s about letting email messages wash over you, responding to the ones you can, but ignoring most.”

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