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.
One major issue is that everybody uses email, and email creates multiple “black holes” – isolated, locked repositories that email disappears into, never to be seen again, forever outside the reach of people who need it.
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.
Information overload is a huge problem in today’s workplace.
It’s not uncommon for office workers to begin their day faced with dozens of new e-mail messages. Supervisors and managers have the additional burden of needing to review equipment spec sheets, read operational updates from staff and have industry magazines and association newsletters to go over.
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This decade has seen the rise of a more open, collaborative workplace—along with a wealth of both personal and company-provided tech tools to enable employees to thrive in these spaces. That said, many organizations still struggle to ensure that both their space and tech support best contribute to positive productivity, according to a recent survey from Oxford Economics and Plantronics. The resulting report, titled “When the Walls Come Down: How Smart Companies are Rewriting the Rules of the Open Workplace,” indicates that most executives said their office space was designed primarily to encourage collaboration.
Most companies are better at giving employees access to the information superhighway than at teaching them how to drive. This is starting to change. Management consultants have spotted an opportunity. Derek Dean and Caroline Webb of McKinsey urge businesses to embrace three principles to deal with data overload: find time to focus, filter out noise and forget about work when you can.
Technology revolutions come in measured, sometimes foot-dragging steps. The lab science and marketing enthusiasm tend to underestimate the bottlenecks to progress that must be overcome with hard work and practical engineering.
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