How Too Much Communication Kills Productivity (Infographic)

How Too Much Communication Kills Productivity (Infographic)

We’ve all heard it: communication is key. That’s no different when it comes to business. Communication is essential if businesses want to get things done efficiently, but often when a company has multiple departments, communication suffers—and productivity can die.

How does this happen? It’s less to do with having a staff of introverts than having various disparate communication methods in place—and this may be more common than you think. That’s what Clarizen, a project management software company, set out to explore in the infographic below.

The battle for the Productivity Throne

In this Game of Thrones-themed infographic, the many disparate communication systems are broken up into four separate houses:

  • House of Endless Conversation: Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, and Slack.
  • House of Messages: Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, and other email providers.
  • House of Meetings: Companies can get bogged down by constant, time-consuming meetings that hinder productivity.
  • House of Documents: Cloud-based file-sharing and collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite.

These houses are all battling for the Productivity Throne, but only one can win.

Fighting against communication overload

Does this sound familiar to you? Chances are, your employees have been plagued by this communication overload, and miscommunication is the only outcome.

For example, five employees across separate departments are all working together to plan the annual office Halloween party. One employee sends out a Slack message to everyone, and another employee responds to the message in an email. Instead of dealing with this miscommunication, the employees decide to have an in-person meeting to discuss the party. In this meeting, they go over virtually everything in the first employee’s Slack message, wasting time and causing frustration along the way.

Too many communication methods lead to miscommunication—and can mean death for your employees’ productivity. To fight the battle against communication overload, and increase your employees’ productivity levels, take a look at the infographic below.

Game of productivity - infographic by Clarizen

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