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To address the growing problem of information overload within the modern workplace, harmon.ie has formed an independent consortium of multidisciplinary experts to help reduce its adverse impact on worker productivity and morale.  Called the “Humanizing the Digital Workplace Consortium,” the team will examine why companies make the mistake of forcing employees into tech-driven workflows that don’t match humans’ natural way of thinking and working.  The consortium will identify solutions and offer guidance to companies about creating people-centric approaches that improve worker productivity, creativity and wellbeing.

Organizations continue to spend millions of dollars on productivity solutions and enterprise apps to support their workers, but ironically, those very solutions are contributing to the information and app overload problem hurting productivity, according to consortium member David Lavenda, who is also a co-founder of  harmon.ie.

Members of the “Humanizing the Digital Workplace” consortium include:

  • Alexandra Levit is a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes. She has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don't Teach Corporate in College.
  • Dr. Paul Root Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics at the Emory Center for Ethics. Dr. Wolpe is the author of over 125 articles, editorials, and book chapters in sociology, medicine, and bioethics, and has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias on bioethical issues. 
  • Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, lecturer at Northeastern University, and an internationally recognized expert in mental strength.  Her book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, is an international bestseller that is being translated into 29 languages.  Her latest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, teaches parents how to become mental strength coaches so they can raise resilient children in the modern world.
  • R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Constellation Research, Inc.  He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog ”A Software Insider’s Point of View" and the best-selling book Disrupting Digital Business
  • Gloria Mark is Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She has published over 150 papers in the top journals and conferences in the fields of human-computer interactions (HCI) and Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and is author of the book Multitasking in the Digital Age.
  • Aaron Levy is the Founder & CEO of Raise The Bar Consulting, a firm focused on helping companies retain their millennial talent by empowering managers to be better leaders of people.  Aaron is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, a Thrive Global contributor, an 1871 mentor, the Co-Director of Startup Grind Chicago and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. 
  • Manfred Leu is a Head of Digital Workplace User Adoption & Consulting and a Director of IT at Swiss Re and is committed to implementing an IT environment that improves worker productivity.
  • David Lavenda is a Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for harmon.ie.  Lavenda is a scholar for the Society for the History of Technology and is  a regular contributor to major business publications such as Fast Company and CMSwire.