Is Having All of This Information Worth It?
As the former CIO of a Fortune 500 company, I shudder to look at the world of information since my retirement over 10 years ago. The amount of information that is available to the typical corporate employee is simply mind-boggling.
When I speak to my successor (who is still at the helm), I find that his issues are so different from mine – and so is his day.
While I would never describe my job as leisurely, my successor works at a frantic pace which is foreign to me. The number of e-mails he gets in a day is probably what I got in a week – and it is an incredible drain on his time.
I can well understand why the chorus around turning off e-mail has become so great – but at the present time, there really is no single replacement and we can’t make employees run around checking a variety of non-unified systems looking for what they need to keep current on.
And that’s just e-mail. I see the number of search tools and content management systems proliferating beyond what I would ever have termed “reasonable” and the end is not yet in sight.
I was able to do my job and help keep my employer profitable with far less information at my fingertips than exists today. Clearly the world has changed, but it’s not necessarily for the better.
For the current and coming generations of workers, this is just frightening. As for me, I’m going to enjoy my retirement and not worry about any e-mails I might be missing.