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CBC: IT firm phasing out email to boost productivity

By on December 19, 2011No Comment

December 16, 2010

Jonathan Spira was quoted by CBC News regarding the Atos IT firm’s e-mail ban.

Jonathan Spira, author of Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous to Your Organization, has spent years studying what communications tools work better when and found that the answer changes as the tools evolve. He agrees that companies and their workers will benefit from thinking about how email can adversely impact work and personal lives and being more thoughtful about its use. For example, he recommends copying as few people as possible on emails, to avoid the lost productivity that comes from interrupting them in the middle of a task.

However, Spira said he doesn’t think we can be rid of email completely in the next couple of years because the alternatives can’t always replace it: “The one thing that doesn’t work is to completely turn off email, even for a day.”

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