The Zero E-Mail Policy

Seriously… I don’t make this stuff up. So… how efficient is a Zero E-Mail policy? I’m still waiting for the e-mail.


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  • Kevin RubinReply
    December 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Sounds kind of crazy…

    “only 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful”

    Unfortunately, that doesn’t mention how valuable those 10% just might be…

    I’ve long used emails in my career and I’ve used instant messaging and they’re appropriate for different uses. I couldn’t imagine using instant messaging to send detailed technical content to coworkers.

    In fact, I don’t have to imagine, I’ve tried, it sucks. Nothing like IM’ing lines of code and getting interruptions between some of them “r u there? 1 mor q 4 u…” And then lots of questions unrelated to the answers I’m trying to send because they’re coming in faster than I can send good replies…

    Actually, except for “Can I bum a ride tonight?” and “Tea break?” and “We’re trying to call you, but just get a busy signal, can you check your phone?” sorts of things, I hate IM…

    • AxoniteReply
      December 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      …And the CEO has apparently sent 0% of the useful 10%. Of course, that could be because he just has nothing to say! It doesn’t say he’s planning to use whatever system they replace email with, either.

  • AnvilReply
    December 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Are you spying on my workplace? ;-D

  • SeamusReply
    December 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    GM uses a mix….They have an IM system for quick short messages or questions on something, but we still use email for the bulk of getting something important to someone…

    I can’t imagine just using IM and I think this company in France is just a wee bit nuts on where they think things are moving to.

  • Jim OuradaReply
    December 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Maybe I’m a curmudgeon, but I pretty much immediately turn off the instant message function, as soon as my system boots.

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