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May 21, 2012

Human Resources: Overusing Email

Email is the workhorse of the workplace. Despite the talk that Millennials and younger workers are moving away from it, email continues to be a powerful and widespread business tool.

And, that’s why when I read a story about some company banning the use of email among its employees, I sit up and take notice.

Late last fall, French information technology company Atos focused on getting rid of internal emails between its 74,000 employees because, according to this ABC News report, "only 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18 percent is spam. †Instead employees would be encouraged to communicate internally using "via instant messaging and a Facebook-style interface.â€

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