It’s often said that every business is unique. The people within it, the actual plans they make and a host of other issues make for very individualized experiences. But at the same time there’s a few constants within the business world. And organization ranks among the very top of the list. It’s something that every business needs to consider. But it’s also one that’s heavily dependent on the skill sets of the people working within said company.
Speed reading isn’t what you’re after
People often assume that a company’s ability to respond to change is dependent on the amount of information they have on hand. And there is some truth to that idea. A company can’t act on data which isn’t present. But people often forget that data can’t simply sit within a filing cabinet or even on someone’s computer. It needs to actually get read by a human being before it’s acted on.
And this is where many people make a common mistake. They assume that the faster employees read the data the faster it can be acted on. In fact, speed reading and similar techniques seldom give employees a chance to properly work with new information. Of course this brings up the question of how employees can best take in new information in as efficient a way as possible.
News and social media outlets
The answer might be found in a rather surprising area. It’s easy to dismiss social media as entertainment. If one thinks of it in a professional setting it’s usually just to consider blocking it on the internal network. But social media does highlight one very important fact.
Even the majority of older Americans now get most of their news from social media in one form or another. It should be quite obvious that they’re not doing so out of proven reliability. So why is social media relied on to such a large extent? The answer comes down to organization of complex material into more easily digested samples.
Taking online information and making it more readily available
This same principle can be used within a company. For example, a news aggregator can take in information from many different sources at a time. This information is then combined into a singular interface that’s easy to work with. The general flow of that information is more similar to what one would find on a social media site than individual webpages.
That formatting is one of the big reasons why people can use it to organize and process news at an accelerated rate. Again, it’s important to remember that the only other form of news that people prefer over social media is TV. But that’s passive, and within a business setting you want active intent to be a part of the experience.
People actually work with the aggregator. They sort through stories, mark items which they might want to act on, and generally stay alert to possibilities. Someone working with an aggregator is an active part of the process. And the aggregator works with whatever sources were set up in advance. This ensures that one is working with reliable news. It creates a more active form of news than is found on TV. And a more accurate form of news than one would find on social media.
The link between organization and action
In the end, properly organizing information helps employees stay fast and agile. That will in turn ensure the same for the company. Returning to the original point, a company really is unique. It borrows the strengths and habits of the people working within it. The more efficient the people, the more efficient the company.
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