Think about it. How effective is the email you send and receive? According to French tech company Atos, only 10% of inter-office emails have any value whatsoever. Because of this, Atos has banned inter-office emails for all of it’s 74,000 employees.
After originally announcing the plan in February, CEO Thierry Breton had this to say…
“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives. At Atos we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”
Atos has implemented an inter-office instant messaging system and their own Facebook-style board as well. With tools such as Microsoft Lync available in the corporate environment now, I think more and more companies will start taking this same approach. I doubt most companies will go as far as to ban emails altogether, but having worked in a corporate environment for 10+ years, I can attest to the fact that most inter-office emails are pretty much pointless at this point. It’s much easier to pick up a phone or IM someone. Email is still great for sending attachments, but a lot of companies are now implementing Sharepoint and other file-sharing programs. Atos has even launched it’s own chat system with video conferencing and file sharing capabilities.
Even in our personal lives, text messaging and phone video chat have become more commonplace than email. It is possible to send pictures, videos, and even documents like PDF’s via text these days. With all that said, I can see where Atos is coming from. I don’t think email will ever go away but there are definitely more effective ways of conducting business these days. Atos is probably a bit ahead of the curve, surprising considering they’re a multi-billion dollar business still running their website on a .NET.