Author: Nathan Zeldes

How to beat email overload in 2018

Resource Author:  Barry
Resource Date:  01/16/2018
Resource Name:  CIP HR site
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It’s easy to spend a large portion of your working day just trying to make a dent in your email backlog, to the detriment of other, often more pressing, priorities. With the average worker spending 13 hours a week dealing with emails, businesses are potentially losing up to 28% of work time to email admin.

Here are four strategies that might help you to reduce this burden, improve productivity and streamline internal communication.

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Task errors by emergency physicians are associated with interruptions, multitasking, fatigue and working memory capacity: a prospective, direct observation study

Resource Author:  Johanna I Westbrook, Magdalena Z Raban, Scott R Walter, Heather Douglas
Resource Date:  01/20/2018
Resource Name:  BMJ Journals
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Interruptions, multitasking and poor sleep were associated with significantly increased rates of prescribing errors among emergency physicians. WMC mitigated the negative influence of these factors to an extent. These results confirm experimental findings in other fields and raise questions about the acceptability of the high rates of multitasking and interruption in clinical environments.

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Emails are Not Dead, but Need to Evolve: How to Make Your Business Communication Productive

Resource Author:  SaneBox Team
Resource Date:  01/10/2018
Resource Name:  SaneBox blog
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Let’s face it: there are many unsolved challenges in today’s business communication. But luckily, there are many ways and tools to keep it productive and organized as well. In this article, we’ve put together the most reliable approaches to avoid plunging into talkative chaos at work.

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Information Overload Exhausting Americans

Resource Author:  Sintia Radu
Resource Date:  01/30/2018
Resource Name:  US News web site
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Yet despite such optimistic views, trust in the media is still low (at 27 percent for newspapers according to the report) and new research that surveyed 19,000 American adults age 18 and older shows that people struggle with navigating through the abundance of information.

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Productivity 2018 gut check – our employers won’t solve this problem. It’s on us.

Resource Author:  Jon Reed
Resource Date:  01/12/2018
Resource Name:  Diginomica web site
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Overloaded inboxes can wait – it’s time for my productivity gut check for 2018. Here’s why we shouldn’t wait for our employers to seize the day, and why the digital skills gap factors in.

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What Can We Do About our Teens’ Smartphone Addiction?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  12/30/2017
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And now we hear of a study done in the US that links the alarming rise in teenage suicide and depression (we’re talking doubling rates between 2007 and 2015, for girls) – and the rise in Smartphone and social media use in the same period. Gen Z kids spend hours and hours on their smartphones – connected but physically alone.

Evolution never planned for such a change to happen in less than a generation’s time. The outcome shows up in the research data: Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on non-screen activities are more likely to be happy.

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Libraries and Knowledge in an Age of Information Overload

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  11/23/2017
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes web site
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Last month I gave an invited keynote lecture at the XV International Conference on University Libraries at UNAM, the national university of Mexico. The conference theme was how libraries can face the challenges of the coming years, when infinite knowledge is available to anyone at the swipe of a smartphone screen, and continue to provide value to their users and to society; my keynote was to address the phenomenon of information overload and its repercussions for both libraries and users.

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Broken Communication Across the Generation Gap

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  05/25/2017
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes's blog
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What was happening is something I often observe: the younger generations –Y and Z – use many new messaging channels that their Baby Boomer parents often don’t use at all – and vice versa.

Where the older folks are primarily email users, younger people are all about Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp and so on. But the problem isn’t just that that they don’t share a channel to communicate on. There are many interesting implications here…

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Email, Digital Photography, and the Hole in our Historical Record

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  04/30/2017
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes's blog
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Five millennia of written record are about to grind to a halt. The fault, of course, is with our marvelous digital inventions: email, instant messaging, social media, and so on. So much better than a posted letter on paper, or papyrus, or parchment, or clay – as fast as an electric current or radio wave, cheap, reliable… but totally ephemeral. Clay tablets survive for millennia; paper can, absent major disaster, stay legible for many centuries. Email disappears, most of it as soon as you hit DELETE, but even the rest, the messages you archive in folders, will not survive for more than a decade or two.

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Email management tips and tools you can’t live without

Resource Author:  Eugene Feygin
Resource Date:  11/11/2016
Resource Name:  Quill.com
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An infographic about email overload and its solutions. Each and every day, 193.3 billion emails are sent around the world. More than half of those are business emails. The average person spends 28 percent of the workweek reading and responding to email, which equates to 13 hours a week. So what do we do about all this email dependence? Thankfully there are tools and strategies to cut down on inbox overload and get organized.

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