The IORG Resource Center

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

Resource Author:  Micah Hanks
Resource Date:  2018-07-21
Resource Name:  Mysterious Universe
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

This article looks at the many negative effects og overuse of smartphones.

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5 apps to limit email overload

Resource Author:  Glenn Rees
Resource Date:  2019-05-01
Resource Name:  INTHEBLACK
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Applications that help you deal with email overload.

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A third of Dutch workers suffer information overload

Resource Author:  Janene Pieters
Resource Date:  2019-04-11
Resource Name:  NLTimes
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Last year 28 percent of all employees in the Netherlands often or always received so much information in a working day that they had difficulty processing it quickly enough. In 2014 it was 25 percent, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO.

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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
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

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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The 21 Biggest Data Breaches of the 21st Century

Resource Date:  2019-02-26
Resource Name:  Email Overload Solutions
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Today, one of the biggest security issues faced by companies from around the world is the danger of a data breach. Data Breach protective measures are as important as they have ever been.
A data breach takes place when a cyber criminal infiltrates a data source in order to obtain highly classified data.

Read on to view an Infographic of the 21 Biggest Data Breaches of the 21st Century (To Date!).….

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Doodle State of Meetings Report

Resource Author:  Doodle
Resource Date:  2019-01-01
Resource Name:  Doodle
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Pointless meetings will cost companies $541bn in 2019.

Read about it n Doodle’s “State of Meetings Report”

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We May Be Collaborating Too Much

Resource Author:  Khiv Singh
Resource Date:  2019-03-07
Resource Name:  Datanami
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

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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Are you looking for a single comprehensive website for Information Overload issues?

Resource Author:  Quizlet
Resource Name:  quizlet.com
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Are the Information Overload types, sources, remedies a source of Information Overload itself?

This self-test website has a very comprehensive and clear set of answers to the above.

For example does task overload cause IO or the reverse?

Worth viewing this site.

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A License to Mail?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  2019-02-27
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes blog
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

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 Attention Works: Finding Your Way in a World Full of Distraction

Resource Author:  Stefan Van der Stigchel
Resource Date:  03/01/2019
Resource Name:  How Attention Works: Finding Your Way in a World Full of Distraction
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

Context is critical.

As noted in previous attention research and a forthcoming book:

How Attention Works: Finding Your Way in a World Full of Distraction (The MIT Press) March 2019

“we gather only relevant information. We focus on one snippet of information and assume that everything else is stable and consistent with past experience.”

Our perceptual process attempts to focus on the most salient data or pixel set (e.g., bold type, color, relative position) to reduce IO.

As van der Stigchel’s quote above suggests, we can be mislead by ignoring related contextual attributes. Thus, we need to ask ourselves if the perceptual input is complete and consistent with our task objective. ]

Critical thinking skills can help.

Don’t be an IO victim.

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