Storyboard: Reduce Email Volume

Author(s): George Goodall, Christopher Wynder


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Email is often used inappropriately. Overuse reduces overall productivity through decreased worker health, distractions, and workplace stress.

  • Enterprises must intervene by changing the corporate culture. Top-down initiatives must be implemented to change the culture, particularly the expectation of 24-7 responses, CYA emails, and reply all.
  • Email interventions must include both policy-driven changes and technology enablers for new behaviours.
  • Aligning the social tools with the cultural changes will reduce email addiction as well as contribute to a less stressful workplace.

The patterns of communication are driven by the convergence of three things: consumer devices, growth of social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and the increased adoption of instant messaging. Any future strategy for email must consider these three trends.

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