Why presenting data is like hanging a traffic light

In the Netherlands, traffic lights are not always strategically placed. When the sun shines from a certain angle, it’s impossible to see the red light turn green. So, you’ll have to make gut decisions — which isn’t advisable in traffic. In countries like the U.S. and Germany, traffic lights usually hang across from an intersection, where the colors are always visible. And in Singapore, you can’t go wrong with the LED lights in traffic. Sunrays can’t possibly block your view, so you can sit back and relax until you get the signal to step on the gas. Problem solved.

Now, let’s have a look at a different type of traffic: the flow of information within organizations. What’s our takeaway here?

You can’t act if you can’t see it

In previous blog posts, we’ve talked about the importance of sharing actionable, real-time information. But once you’ve selected the data you deem relevant to share, you need to look at how you present it. What’s the best way to make information land with employees?

The rule of thumb is, you can’t act if you can’t see it. You need to convey the current situation in the blink of an eye. If a screen hangs askew or the reflection of sunlight blots out information, the human brain won’t digest important data swiftly. Such things will prevent employees from making informed decisions in the moments that matter most. That is why, for example, Texas Digital has provided Cygnific (an Air France-KLM company) with the right number of screens in the right places — everyone can always see the status quo at a single glance. And of course, we’ve made sure the same goes for desktops: employees can also stay up to date when working from home.

Creating an inclusive workforce

If you want real-time, actionable data to reach your employees at all times, you need to look beyond the office. Now that remote working has become vital to most organizations, it’s time to decide how to go about Visual Management on employees’ desktops, too. Only then, you’ll be able to create an inclusive workforce.

Want to discuss the best approach to presenting information? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to perform a Quick Scan and discuss your Visual Management opportunities.

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