Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tech Firm Will Ban Office Emails, CEO says Email "pollutes" Work Environment and "encroaches" on Personal Lives

IT services firm, Atos, plans to ban internal email from company communications within two years.
Instead, employees will communicate mostly through instant-messaging tools or wiki-like documents that can be edited by multiple users online.
"We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives," said Atos CEO Thierry Breton.
Breton estimates that only 10% of the 200 messages his employees receive on an average day are useful, and that 18% is spam. Managers spend between 5 and 20 hours a week reading and writing e-mails, he says. Atos has 74,000 employees in 42 countries.
Atos plans to use texting, internal wikis, social media combined with more face-to-face meetings.  Query, however, how is "texting" any less overwhelming or obtrusive than email? The issue, it seems to me, is one of "encroachment" for sure, but as it relates to all forms of all forms of electronic/digital media. Email has its limits, but to suggest it is any less obtrusive or encroaching as IM, Facebook and the like is not a credible argument, in my view.



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