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Jena McGregor: Company ban on email gives employees a break, and maybe a different type of headache

By on December 12, 2011No Comment

Jena McGregor of the Washington Post wrote the following on Dec. 12, 2011 in response to the Atos e-mail ban (previously covered on this site here)

I applaud Breton for trying to do something that streamlines his employee’s workloads. For most professionals working in today’s knowledge economy, information overload has replaced safety concerns as the No. 1 issue that affects their working conditions. And yet, it gets woefully little attention. Most leaders just pile on more ways to add to the information deluge, issuing Blackberries and laptops so that their people can be always on, all the time.

But as Jonathan Spira, the author of a book on data overload, puts it, “to paraphrase Sir Winston, e-mail is the worst form of messaging except for all the others that have been tried.” There is a time and a place for it, and banning it could make people’s jobs harder at times. What leaders really should be doing is urging—and more important, modeling—smarter and sparer use of the tool. That, and maybe banning the “reply-all” button.

 

Read the full post here.

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