Watch Out For Information Overload
ISM's 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference
St. Louis, MO
Paul D. Larson, Ph.D., Director, Transport Institute, University of Manitoba
If you have a nagging feeling you are being buried by information every day, you are probably right.
According to Paul D. Larson, who spoke at a workshop entitled: "Dealing with Information Overload: Tools and Techniques," the vast majority of supply management professionals lose a considerable amount of productivity each day due to this problem.
Among his findings from his research are the following points:
- 56 percent of managers feel they get too much information;
- People are spending as much as 20 percent of their workday reading and responding to e-mail;
- The three biggest time-wasters are meetings; dealing with communication from others, and communicating to others;
- Unnecessary interruptions take up 28 percent of a manager's day;
- $588 billion is the annual cost due to interruptions
- Information overload increased levels of stress to 92 percent of respondents in one study he did.
Larson's main advice to the audience was to give yourself a block of time in which you cannot be disturbed by e-mail, phone or other co-workers.