Is Email Dead?
"Thierry Breton, who is the chief executive of Atos and former minister of finance in France, argued in a recent speech in the United Kingdom that 90 percent of staff time spent on emails is wasted. He wants his workers to speak to each other by phone or in person, or to use instant messaging and Facebook-type interfaces for online communication instead."
"It is not normal that some of our fellow employees spend hours in the evening dealing with their emails," Breton said, according to a Nov. 28 report in the Telegraph. "The deluge of information will be one of the most important problems a company will have to face. It is time to think differently."
(Somehow I'm not sure if Steve Jobs would agree with that.)
I don't know about you, but I'm not so sure I want more in-person dialogues. I agree that email can be more entrapping than the La Brea Tar Pits (see my colleague Michael Roach's recent commentary) but the last thing I want is more meetings.
What do you think?
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