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New York Times Room for Debate: Should Workplaces Curtail E-Mail?

By on December 6, 2011No Comment

On December 5, 2011, the New York Times’ Room for Debate colunm tackled the issue of workplace bans on e-mail.

Nicholas Carr (author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our brains), William Powers (author of Hamlet’s BlackBerry), Peggy Duncan (productivity expert), and Luis Suarez (IBM) all wiegh in on the debate.

William Powers notes that:

In his recent book, “Overload! How Too Much Information is Hazardous to Your Organization,” the productivity expert Jonathan Spira reports that for every 100 people needlessly copied on e-mails, eight work hours are lost. One industry study found that a typical 1,000-employee company is now losing $10 million a year to such inefficiencies.

Read William Powers column here.

Read the full discussion here.

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