Adam L Beberg
beberg at mithral.com
Fri Sep 19 13:38:20 PDT 2003
The cold hard facts are coming in... except in tightly controlled
situations, email is no longer a net gain in productivity. Neither is
IM. This guy deserves a medal...
"Hey, we figured out we don't have to outsource all of your jobs to
India if you stop wasting 7 hours a day playing with the computer and
do your jobs."
Oh, and another massive virus is out messing up the net and clogging
pipes again. W32.Swen.A...
- Adam L. Beberg - beberg at mithral.com
Deluged Telecoms Boss Bans Staff E-Mails
By Bernhard Warner, European Internet Correspondent
LONDON (Reuters) - The owner of one of Britain's biggest mobile phone
chains has declared war on e-mail, banning staff from sending
electronic missives to co-workers in a move he says will save the
company millions of pounds each year.
"We have e-mail paralysis," John Caudwell, the owner of the high
street retailer Phones4U, told Reuters on Friday. "If you have a cancer
you have to cut it out. That's what I've done."
Caudwell, who described himself as a slow typer who has yet to send an
e-mail on his own, introduced the measure this week because staff were
spending too much time with internal e-mails rather than dealing with
He calculated three hours per day off e-mail multiplied by the number
of staff affected by the ban (600-700) multiplied by the average
employee wage will translate to monthly savings of 1 million pounds
"The policy came from me. The staff was initially slightly shocked
that I should make such a revolutionary move," he said.
Customers can still e-mail product questions to staff, but for
managers and staff at the 341 branches the privilege is history.
Bulging e-mail in-boxes is a daily headache for corporate drones. But
while e-mail fatigue is often cited as a modern-day workplace
distraction, few could conceive of life without it.
TPG, a Dutch mail express and logistics company with over 150,000
staff in 62 countries, has a typical love-hate relationship with e-mail.
"It would be a serious setback for the company if we could no longer
use email, and we are not considering it," said Tanno Massar, director
of media relations at TPG.
"E-mail has its own qualities, it's very fast and you can inform many
people at the same time. That is something you cannot match with face
to face meetings," Tanno added.
There is one notable exception to Caudwell's ban. The company's lone
communications manager has the task of compiling reports from 40
company managers and writing a daily e-mail distributed to the
company's 2,500 employees.
(Additional reporting by Wendel Broere in Amsterdam)
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