Recently a prominent tech leader announced his company would stop using email. His reasons:
- Employees receive about 100 emails per day
- They are spending more and more time just answering emails (15-20 hrs per week)
- Young employees do not use email, they use social network tools (Facebook, instant messaging, etc)
- Employees were using email to store data or to protect themselves from their bosses
Interesting related facts:
- a company's data collection doubles every 18 months
- more data was created over the past 10 years than since the beginning of humanity
It is important to note that the proposal is only meant for internal email not external email. The company - Atos of France - has a goal to eliminate all email by 2014.
This information deluge is a common problem in most companies. Whether or not one agrees with eliminating email it is clear that it would be useful to think about steps that can be taken to deal with this situation especially now at the end of the year when one begins to plan what to do in 2012.
BBC story of Thierry Bretton of Atos here