Banned from sending email!!!

According to today's Daily Telegraph staff at French IT services company ATOS are to be banned from sending each other emails because they "waste time and are outdated". Instead they will be encouraged to use a chat-type collaborative service inspired by Facebook and Twitter.

"Thierry Breton, the CEO of Atos and a former French finance minister, wants a "zero email" policy to be in place within as early as 18 months, arguing that only 10 per cent of the 200 electronic messages his employees receive per day on average turn out to be useful."

What do you think? Do you, like me, spend an inordinate amount of time each day pressing the delete button just to keep ahead of spam? Maybe you feel proud of your efficiently managed "rules" system that filters everything off to folders already marked as read in the expectation that you may one day need the "valuable" information contained therein, or are you much rather "living in the moment" and communicating by text, twitter or good old fashioned spoken word?

Once upon a time we relied upon the telegram, telex and fax as a principal means of fast electronic communication, yet all three of these are, or are as good as, obsolete. When was the last time you sent or received a fax for instance? I haven't owned a fax machine for years and long ago gave up my subscription to a "fax to email" service.

I'm pretty sure I'm not making it up when I recall that I've recently read that despite the growth in the internet the total number of emails sent worldwide has declined since last year. Perhaps a kindly techie could correct or verify that comment.

So what do you think?

With apologies to the DT I've cribbed their poll to see just what Ecademy members (who I'm sure are pretty big users of electronic communication) have to say about this.

Please take a look here and vote now.

One thing you can guarantee is that I won't be sending you the result by email ;)

Thank you
Mike Turner

Zara Lockwood

zaralockwood-48406

Banned from sending email!!!

Hi Mike email > social media question, I'd agree with Andreas on the communication channel left open for long talkers/writers, and agree with Mick in regards security, two members of ATOS staff (medical assessors)were given the boot / sacked recently for gossiping on facebook about their clients, I.e they made nasty remarks about people they were assessing (there are a bunch of disabled folk that monitor ATOS staff that post on Facebook) Ban email and the staff will do the water cooler thing in more public places, Facebook is open to the public, many people forget this, if you speak your mind, you have to make sure you have nothing to lose - like a job or reputation. The "ATOS two" as they are called in some places: http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/inside-outsourcing/2011/08/atos-healthcare-staff-under-investigation-for-obscene-criticism-of-sickness-benefit-claimants.html Looking for ganoderma / reishi / lingzhi coffee? I am a distributor to a selection of products with this ancient herb in Click Here if in USA or Puerto Rico

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Tracey Finlay

traceyfinlay-643311

Banned from sending email!!!

Ah, you can feel my pain.... I have suffered many years of internal email wasting my time.... and giving other people an excuse not to do what they're paid to do because 'they don't get time'. Internal email is a vortex. It takes a shedload of discipline not to get sucked into it. Tracey

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Alan Bowman

alanbowman-330504

Banned from sending email!!!

Good one Tracey Especially liked the a**e comment. Cheers Alan

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Tracey Finlay

traceyfinlay-643311

Banned from sending email!!!

I think there's a big difference in the need for internal and external emails. The biggest culprits are people in large organisations who send internal emails out to multiple recipients using 'cc', 'bcc' and 'reply all'. It usually goes like this... First message sent to multiple people - some relevant recipients, some FYI, some a**e covering. One person hits 'reply all' with a query Ten people read the query, most decide it's not relevant Originator hits 'reply all' with an answer Eight people read the response, 5 of them have to scroll down to see who made the query Someone else makes another query, again ccing everyone. Five people open it... and decide it's not relevant Someone gives a quick response Then the most annoying person of all hits 'reply all' with the word "Thanks" Ten people open the email and read "Thanks" ... Aaaargh! I say Big Up ATOS! Tracey

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Mike Turner

miketurner

Banned from sending email!!!

Zara, that's both you and Jim being subjected to an "IT company" doing medical reports then. I had no idea what ATOS did as a company when I first read the DT article but having read this it would appear that healthcare assessments is only one of the many things they do through their myriad companies. Your story (and Jim's) serves to illustrate the potential perils of allowing a systems driven company to take control of the way that healthcare (and more specifically health related benefits) are delivered. For a number of years following an accident I claimed Disability Living Allowance but stopped long before the new monitoring system came into effect I'm glad to say. Explaining why some days I was able to move freely but on others I was barely able to make it downstairs is tricky to do when all you're faced with on a form are yes or no answers. There is often no "black and white" in assessing medical conditions. This blog is however primarily concerned with their CEO's suggestion that email be banned internally throughout the company. What are your views on the future of email vs other means of communication? Mike Turner

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Zara Lockwood

zaralockwood-48406

Banned from sending email!!!

This IT company is going to be assessing my mental health for workfare, using a mid wife or physiotherapist next week, rather than an actual medical doctor so, errr, no comment? Looking for ganoderma / reishi / lingzhi coffee? I am a distributor to a selection of products with this ancient herb in Click Here if in USA or Puerto Rico

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Mike Turner

miketurner

On the subject of spam

I get emails every day encouraging me to lose weight, re-grow hair, get a "gentleman's enlargement" or buy some viagra. I've tried to put a stop to it but the wife keeps sending them... Boom Boom :) Mike Turner

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Mick Say

micksay

Banned from sending email!!!

Hi Mike I could not complete the poll because there is a button missing. * Yes - But email is currently essential for much private client communications. As you know I love social and I practically live in the space.. However ... I still need to send private and confidential emails and still need to keep a record of the replies. So my MS Outlook is very efficiently organised into folders with rules and alerts set up to manage them. I don't yet see a platform I can use for this purpose that I trust... Before anyone shouts Gmail... Its still email - clever email, but email non the less. Could I manage to do the same with another tool or say, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter direct messages? Well yes but I don't trust any of them A) to keep it secure and B) for them to keep is safely archived for me, for when I need it in the future. Spam - I get the same as everyone else and as sad as it may seem I quite like reading it - it is filtered very efficiently into my spam folder and I flick through it every day or so to have a read, a laugh and sometimes to learn..... So bring on Social - I'm loving it - but leave my email alone for now because I use it to help me keep organised and to communicate privately with my clients, family and friends. Rock-On Mick Mick Saywww.onlinemarketingacademy.uk.com We Specialise in Meaningful web 2.0 Website Design and Hosting.We Create Online Marketing Platforms Developed for the Social WebCall me : 0044 7719 061 835 Email: mick@micksay.com See all of my important Social Connections on my XeeMe Profile

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Mike Turner

miketurner

Banned from sending email!!!

I don't doubt that there is a need for longer communication as a matter of record and would not suggest for one minute that conveyancing for instance might one day be achieved by BBM but there does seem to be a collective malaise that says it's fine to fire off emails as if it's some kind of empirical missive whereas most people would think twice about sending a text or a direct tweet and even more so about making a phone call. Mike Turner

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Alan Bowman

alanbowman-330504

Banned from sending email!!!

Hi Mike Agree with you, a call or a text is the immediacy and gets the ball rolling. The email and contract or whatever is the final record of what was started and agreed and in my world of finance and commodities very necessary. Cheers Alan

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Ruth Cheesley - Joomla SEO Specialist

ruthcheesleyjoomlaseospecialist

Banned from sending email!!!

I agree that it is far simpler to use Google+ or even just the bog standard Google Chat to communicate quickly and share links or information - although email has a place of course. We use Google Chat on an hourly basis to communicate within our organisation (2 f/t office based, 1 work from home) and it costs us nothing extra - it comes with Google Apps. I do see things moving towards more of a social interaction in the future, with Email being reserved for more lengthy or formal communication. The downside of social-type interaction is that most people (myself included at times) type first, and think later. Little mindfulness goes into making sure it's correctly formatted, free from errors, and will be read in the right way to not cause offence etc. I wonder how this will translate over to the immediacy of social interaction? Ruth Ruth Cheesley Virya Technologies Ltd. Website Design (Joomla CMS) & IT Support Specialist

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Milton Rodrigues

miltonrodrigues-136281

Banned from sending email!!!

What do the FRENCH know, anyway ! - they have a little Bonaparte in charge, cozying upto Merkel ... (Needs to standup on a footstool to kiss his good wife, goodNite ). :)

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Alan Bowman

alanbowman-330504

@Mike Banned from sending email!!!

Hi Mike I use emails for contracts, documents etc. and obviously save those but other items that need to be discussed are better on the telephone or by text and then if it gets serious can be written by email to confirm what was agreed and what the contract is or the document that is required. Also one must be ruthless with spam and make sure that way you only get items you want, that has taken time but now 90%/95% of my emails are what I want to see with lots from Ecademy re blog comments which take a little time to read but worth it. Cheers Alan

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Andrew Wilcox

ajwilcox

Banned from sending email!!!

Great idea. Then people can concentrate on collaborating, sharing knowledge and creating a knowledge base accessible to everyone. Just requires a bit of discipline and education like you need with email. Tel 01962 738534 - Mob 07813 211451 - Skype ajwilcox Email andrew@cabre.co.uk - Follow me on Twitter Cabre MindManager Day - Principles and Master Class Applications of MindManager | Cabre Community | Search Cabre MindManager 2012 Professional Windows, MindManager 9 Mac 21 Day Free Trial conferenceREACTION Records and Publishes your event on the web

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Ian Moncrieff MacMillan

ianmmacmillan

He may be onto something

I'm thinking about the work of Ken Thompson and BioTeaming. To be productive as an "organisation" we need to continuously give out and take in/act on information, like ants marking their trail so that others can follow or a rabbit flashing their tail to warn others of danger. Directed 1 to 1 or 1 to few messages such as email aren't the only useful means of communicating. In a rapidly changing and difficult to predict world, maybe email as the main way of communicating isn't that smart. Regards, Ian Moncrieff MacMillan M: +44-7973-119-542

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Derek Watkins

derekwatkins-82593

Banned from sending email!!!

A number of years ago when I was in a Senior Management position in Corporate life I was appalled at the use of email, the number of people that were sending emails to staff that were sitting in the same room, the number of emails wars and escalations that were going on. As a result of this I attempted to (a) remove the reply all button and (b) limit new emails to 5 per person per day. Unfortunately I was shot down in flames by our President - we were actually an email/messaging company so he did have a point. But I still believe that there was so much wasted time and effort each day on emails and it is a real cultural shock to people if we try and kick their email habit. Derek Watkins http://www.charterage.co.uk derek@charterage.co.uk 01892 288072 07771 716434

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

stellaholman_theconnector

Banned from sending email!!!

Mike, Probably a good move! I have to confess to getting behind with emails these days as Facebook and Twitter is in the present/real time and I find it much more effective. Best wishes Stella Stella Holman-TheConnector . Social Media Designer & Visibility Consultant - Are you part of the conversation yet? Can I show you how to "Get in the Conversation and Create your Niche" DreamTrips Hotel Getaways offers member-only access to preferred rates from our partner hotels around the globe. Live your life with a vision, plan and purpose?

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Clare Evans

clareevans-42327

Banned from sending email!!!

Sounds like a great idea. Enough time is wasted on emails and it's one of the top time wasters I work with my clients on. There's also the issue of playing email tag - as colleagues send email responses between each other when picking up the phone or talking to each other would be more productive. They also tend to use email as a 'paper' trail to cover their tracks or log their activity. Not using email properly in an office environment just creates more distraction and clutter. Clare #2 on Amazon - Business/Time Management Click here for Time Management For Dummies improve your time management . Website | Free Time Audit | Blog | Profile |

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Andreas Wiedow

andreas_wiedow

Banned from sending email!!!

Basically it resonates well as email is much slower compared with eg. skype instant message. Though I'd prefer skype over facebook and twitter. BUT . . . email would be still better for rather talkative individuals as there's hope they would think twice and get more to the point to make sure everything is included before pressing the 'send' button whereas on skype and the like . . . your computer could turn into a peeping slot machine with signals every 2 seconds when your opposite is sending you communication fragments every 3 seconds . . . as I recently experienced with someone before I completely cut communication with them. Though . . . if some company would identify such person . . . they'd probably end unemployed within a matter of weeks.

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TØny Hine

tonyhine-94555

Do you, like me, spend an inordinate amount of time.........

........... each day pressing the delete button just to keep ahead of spam? I did before I went Google Mail, the spam control is near perfect ... Cheers TØny...

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Mike Turner

miketurner

Banned from sending email!!!

So maybe now is the time for a larger scale business social media tool. Google+ anyone? Mike Turner

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Mike Morrison

rapidbi

Banned from sending email!!!

Hi many firms are using "social media" or "social business" tools, and are finding it better. IBM/ lotus solution "same time" is a msn/skype type system of chat, and more blue chip firms are using it increasingly for internal - and external comms. I was working as an advisor to one of the "big four" recently and they put me on their system as an external - powerful stuff! The downside is of course that it works better for large firms, but for those of us that are in smaller firms, then we will have to styart having several of these clients running on our computers. I know that several large orgs are looking at integrated/ api style solutions.. times... they are changing... Mike Morrison www.f2p.co.uk - developing you www.rapidbi.com - developing your business @rapidbi - twitter

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