Are UK workers heading towards information overload?

Beat Bühlmann

Evernote, a place for individuals and teams to capture, nurture and share ideas, has today revealed its latest findings regarding information overload amongst the UK population.

Of those surveyed, 57%, felt regular frustration over their inability to locate information easily across emails, apps, messages and the internet.

The nationally representative survey conducted via YouGov, a data analytics firm, questioned over 2,000 respondents on information overload in their day-to-day lives.

Additionally, the survey revealed that 87% of digital workers use up to four devices such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and/or a smart watch on a daily basis to access information with 83% of Britons using at least one app a day to source information.

31% of workers are accessing between five to nine apps per day and 18% are utilising over 10 apps a day.

However, when it comes to meetings, UK companies are getting it right with nearly half of those asked (45%) expressing that they felt they had the right number of meetings at work. With only 16% of those saying they feel their work day is filled with too many meetings.

According to Beat Bühlmann, General Manager at Evernote EMEA “UK workers are facing a triple overload that means data, communication and cognitive overloads are all existing together and seriously affecting productivity.

Previous research has found that a third of UK employees are ready to quit their jobs because nearly half their time is spent on “work about work” like searching for information.

To be more precise the average knowledge workers spend two and a half hours a day  searching for information and are interrupted or changing tasks every three-five minutes  making for a challenging work environment.”

The UK is now 27% less productive than their German counterparts and is 15% behind in productivity compared to the other members of the G7 groups of industrial nations according to the Office for National Statistics.

Bühlmann continues “Whilst the digital age and approach of the fourth industrial revolution has brought about much needed automation and innovation across many industries, the result is that we now face more information and communication tools than before.

“It’s a critical time for the UK as it seeks to improve productivity, looking at ways to streamline information within work and aid more work time and head space for employees.”

Evernote recently launched Spaces a new feature of Evernote Business. Spaces uses artificial intelligence and machine learning like “context search”, so employees can easily find and access information platform-independent and work together in one space.