I read a really interesting article a few months ago about the French technology giant Atos banning internal email in order to save a huge number of wasted working hours (1.6million hours spent emailing every week!). Ever since then I’ve tried to monitor my own email use and while I haven’t been tracking it assiduously, it’s clear I spend too many hours each week wading through emails.
This morning I came across this infographic (created by www.boomeranggmail.com) showing the breakdown of emails that the average business user processes every day. Clearly the challenge for us is how we can improve our communication methods; what tools can we use to communicate effectively without wasting loads of time. Atos’s conclusion is that by using phone calls, instant messaging services and face to face conversations; efficiency is increased and their workers lives become easier, what do you think?