One of the biggest barriers to communication and productivity in business is information overload. An abundance of data can deter an employee’s workflow, stifle concentration, and cause massive delays. Make no mistake: a wealth of information is the goldmine that organizations sit on. From helping employees and senior executives with decision-making processes to goal alignment, the benefits of data-driven strategies and tactics propel a company to growth and profitability. However, just like every form of excess, an overload of noise can also be a distraction that creates a haze.
Excess information is an amalgamation of unnecessary repetition, collective white noise, off-the-cuff chatter, and data hoarding. These elements result in a pile of junk that employees need to sift through to find a piece of information relevant to their task. This is common in communication platforms used by most businesses to send updates, daily reminders, and random chit-chats along with important announcements and urgent tasks. Take Slack as an example – while it offers a multitude of benefits in communication and connectivity in a digital workforce era, the avalanche of data it displays is a void that needs to be filled. While organizations chase for that all-in-one platform for all things communication, the downside is clear: threads can be messy, confusing, and discombobulating, ultimately defeating the purpose of optimizing an organization’s messaging structure.
In a study conducted by NCBI, 27.1% of employees who experience the negative implications of information overload display a negative change in emotions and attitude. From burnout episodes, and lack of motivation, to overwhelming work stress, business leaders recognize these effects and scour for cutting-edge tools to combat this obstacle. Just recently, theGist, an Israel-based startup that leverages generative AI to manage information overalls, announced its product launch of the latest cutting-edge solution that automatically summarizes an entire Slack thread.
An Automated and Personalized Slack Summary
theGist Co-Founder and CTO Itay Dressler recognized the pains of every employee dealing with a mountain of data regularly, and how they spend a chunk of their time just to find a piece of tiny relevant information. To fight this recurring issue in global businesses, he Co-Founded theGist along with Itzik Ben-Bassat, and Nir Zohar.
Itay and Itzik worked together for years where they witnessed the rapid increase of SaaS tools in their company, which simultaneously ignited the hiccup of information overload in achieving business efficiency. Back then, they would manually summarize the most important events from relevant tools for their team to digest. But when generative AI crossed a significant milestone, they decided to automate the summarizing process without the risks of human error and at a fraction of the time it took to manually execute it.
Their mission is to eliminate the tedious tasks of digging through long threads and give users the information they need when they need it. In a nutshell, it’s a shortcut to a thread’s intent. What’s more, its generative AI technology enables a personalized summary that reads as if it was written by the employee for the employee.
By typing “/gist” and hitting enter, its algorithm will trigger a real-time summary of all the information generated while the user was away. Through this smart AI and machine learning tool, employees are empowered to make data-driven decisions free from subjectivity and opinion.
Currently, this game-changing tool is seamlessly integrated into Slack. The team at theGist is looking forward to revolutionizing other messaging platforms to revamp and restructure traditional communication models to boost productivity and optimize organization efficiency with just one click.