Fall Through The Cracks Friday: Solving Email Overload With A Company Wide Ban

According to technology research firm The Radicati Group, the average person in corporate setting will receive 112 emails every day in the year 2011 (increasing to to 115 in 2012).

Citing a hate for the amount of that mail that is unimportant, The CEO of Atos – large European-based tech firm – hates email and wants his 74,000 employees in 42 countries to stop using it.  From TechCrunch:

 He says one of the big problems is people switching to ‘useless’ emails when they were working on more important tasks. Also, he complains “It is not right that some of our fellow employees spend hours in the evening dealing with their emails.” That’s clearly the standard practice in Silicon Valley and the start-up world.

Breton’s solution is employees should spend more time talking directly to each other in person or on the phone. And he wants them to use real time messaging tools, saying the chat tools on Facebook would be better than email.

Many people (including some cited in the article) think this might be nothing more than a publicity stunt.  If it isn’t, can one company stop using email and still be effective?  We’ll keep an eye on Atos and find out.

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