Workers Got the Information Overload Blues

Monday Oct 25th 2010 by Staff

A new survey shows that 62 percent of white-collar workers think their job performance suffers because of information overload.

eWeek: A new LexisNexis survey of 1,700 white collar employees in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia and South Africa found that 62 percent believe their work has suffered because they are overwhelmed by information. In addition, nearly 60 percent said that the amount of information has increased during the economic downturn, and most of that new information is useless.

"Workers across the globe are just about managing to keep their heads above water in a rising tide of information," said Michael Walsh, CEO of U.S. Legal Markets at LexisNexis. "The results of this survey reveal not just how widespread the problem is, but also the very real impact that information overload has on professionals' productivity and the bottom line. Employers need to do more than simply toss their workers a life preserver and hope for the best."

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