Information Overload Impacting Employees Health
Looking to warm-up the crowd at a conference on Corporate Wellbeing? Just mention ‘Information Overload’. Too much sharing is the new normal, it’s eating up hours of our time every day and, it might have got a wry smile from our audience at the recent Citywork event, but how overwhelmed most of us are by it, is no joke.
According to a recent Gallup survey, 87% of employees feel dissatisfied and disengaged at work. Even factoring a percentage of diehard malcontents, that’s a hefty chunk of checked out people who’re isolated in environments with greater communication potential than we’ve ever known.
It’s shocking, and it’s bad for business health: companies with engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147%. Let’s assume they aren’t using carrier pigeons, and face the idea that it must be possible to work productively, even in noisy, tech-saturated, information overloaded environments.
How do most employees feel?
It’s human nature to have the fear of missing out (FOMO) on something and communication apps are specifically designed to feed that fear. Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, has openly admitted that, ‘Facebook intentionally sought to addict users by exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology’.
Constantly checking devices is directly linked to increased stress levels according to recent reports from the American Psychological Institute. We’re more discontented, anxious, stressed and depressed in our personal lives, and we’re just as unhealthy at work, because social networks – with corporate tweaks – are now driving business communication too.
In a relatively short space of time we’ve reprogrammed ourselves to be open to every distraction: just in case. The average employee sends over 40 emails daily, receives upwards of 121, and spends 28% of the day dealing with emails alone.
Taking back control
So how do you go about solving information overload without throwing everything out, sharpening some pencils, and going rogue? Tempting as the thought of how good that silence would sound for about 30 seconds, it’s not the solution.
Taking back control of how you receive information and determining what’s important, and what’s just noise, can increase business productivity by up to 24%. We know this, because it’s what nooQ does and why we designed it in the first place.
It’s the most innovative digital workplace communication platform, and has the awards to prove it. But more importantly it’s about effective engagement, enabling employees to work to their full potential, and turning down the volume on distractions. Which, when you consider every single one of us can expect to be needlessly interrupted every 11 minutes during the working day, frees up a vast amount of time for your best minds to do their best work.
Did we convert an entire room of delegates to nooQ in less than an hour?
Fair to say we grabbed attention away from devices – hardly any phones were checked during our presentation. We definitely opened up minds to the idea that information overload is damaging corporate wellbeing.
And since companies already using nooQ are the ones with engaged employees, outperforming the competition by up to 147%, and actively increasing productivity by 24%, nobody can say they didn’t get a timely health warning.
Haven’t tried nooQ yet?
Contact us for a trial run and see your productivity increase.