Author: Prof. Dr. Thomas Rachfall

How occupational strains affect executives information processing

Resource Author:  Dirk Förster-Trallo, Thomas Rachfall, Bruce M. Wood, Mary Maclachlan, D.K. Harrison
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An extensive literature review on the topic of physical and psychological strains for executives, showed a significant gap in analyzing the impact of occupational strains on executives information processing. Most of all the occupational specific job strains are not sufficiently investigated. This contribution demonstrates the theoretical linkage between the information processing and occupational strains as influence factors. As a consequence, this research provides a new clustering of occupational strains and the related symptoms for executives.

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The impact of Information Overload on individual stress feelings of management accountants

Resource Author:  Thomas Rachfall, Dirk Förster-Trallo, Elizabeth A. Williamson, Bryan Temple
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Almost every knowledge worker can relate to feelings of Information Overload (IO) and as a result some knowledge worker feel stress as a result of IO. Thereby IO and stress have both various effects on individuals and organizations. Despite intensive research during the last decades the complex relationship of both scientific disciplines still lacks comprehensive research about their connections. This research presents therefore a conceptual framework to analyze this relationship. A case study approach has been conducted to examine the connection between IO and the effect on individual stress feelings of management accountants. The research found out that IO has an effect on stress. Furthermore the different causes, coping strategies and countermeasures in the environment of management accountants were analyzed. The contribution to the field of stress research is a better understanding of the IO concept and the impact of IO to stress.

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Information Overload: effects on work satisfaction of knowledge workers

Resource Author:  Thomas Rachfall, Dirk Förster-Trallo, Elizabeth A. Williamson, Bryan Temple
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In the year 2015 most people are working with the help of information and communication technology (ICT), with a still rising rate of workplaces being equipped with new technology.

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THE INFORMATION OVERLOAD PHENOMENON: THE INFLUENCE OF BAD – AND (IR) RELEVANT INFORMATION

Resource Author:  Thomas Rachfall, Elizabeth A. Williamson, Bryan Temple
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Almost every knowledge worker can relate to feelings of Information Overload (IO), but in reality the phenomenon is not well understood. IO can be critical for individuals and organizations. Despite intensive research during the last decades this complex scientific discipline lacks comprehensive research for parts of the possible impact factors. This research presents a conceptual framework and some variables to the type of information. A case study approach has been conducted to examine the relationship between bad-, irrelevant-and relevant information with IO. The research found out that too much bad information as well as relevant information has a positive effect on IO. The contribution to the field of IO research is a better understanding of the concept and the impact of the type of information to IO.

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Managing information overload in children

Resource Author:  Carolyne B. Atangaza
Resource Date:  2019-12-14
Resource Name:  Daily Monitor
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This short article has some thought provoking assertions about the impact of abundant unfiltered content on young children, like “What makes tablets and iPhones so great is the dozens of stimuli at your fingertips, and the ability to process multiple actions simultaneously. This is exactly what young brains do not need.”

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Smartphones and our information overload

Resource Author:  CBS
Resource Date:  2018-04-01
Resource Name:  CBS News
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The internet, and the ever-present smartphones from which we cannot detach ourselves, are changing the ways we relate to technology – and, at the same time, changing the way we use our brains. Senior Contributor Ted Koppel talks with technology critic Nicholas Carr, software developer Justin Rosenstein, “media psychologist” Byron Reeves, and Sen. Mark Warner about how the internet and social media have become weaponized, and how it is our attention spans that are being targeted.

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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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