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Chicago Tribune: VW stems flow of email outside of work

By on December 27, 2011No Comment

The Chicago Tribune covered VW’s attempts to limit e-mail overload by switching off BlackBerry e-mail access during non-work hours.  Jonathan Spira was featured in the article.

Jonathan Spira, author of “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization,” has spent 15 years studying the impact of 24/7 email.

He says work phones were originally imagined as a great way to get more work and productivity out of employees. But, actually, he said, they might be doing the opposite.

For every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an email, he said, eight hours are lost. And each time workers are interrupted by that little blinking light, he said, it will take an average of five minutes for them to get back into an undistracted thinking mode.

“Information overload has caused people to lose their ability to manage thoughts and ideas, contemplate and even reason and think,” he said.

Full article available here.

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