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Fugitaboutit
Conservatives live in a past that never existed.
11:36 AM on 08/01/2012
I'd rather have employees spending 25% of their time handling emails than wasting 60% of their time in mind-numbing meetings where absolutely nothing gets accomplished...except setting a date for a follow-up meeting.

This article is blatantly disingenuous. It's been proven repeatedly that email raises the effectiveness of the average employee by at least 30%, and often more.
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Scurvydog74
10:15 PM on 08/01/2012
Actually, for many of us, the 25% is in addition to a full productive day and the mind numbing meetings are on our days off... It's the conference calls that are the least productive. "Everyone on this call should be very afraid..." I'd guess this strategy raises the productivity of our employees by closer to 50%... ...until they drop over dead or get fired for being burned out or end up emotionally drained by divorce or substance abuse.
oilfield
large employer per obamacare
11:33 AM on 08/01/2012
its like the whack a mole game at the arcade....they keep popping up....you whack them down.
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noaxe397
11:20 AM on 08/01/2012
In the workplace this is a function of insisting on a team approach to everything.   No matter how trivial the job function or the decision or the task, the whole team must reach consensus instead of one person just making a simple decision.  Hence the flood of emails going around.   And the article didn't even touch on emails big brother: the conference call.
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Kirsten H
'murrica.
11:36 AM on 08/01/2012
The work-place is designed for Extroverts. I hate it.
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noaxe397
04:00 PM on 08/01/2012
And the real problem is the extroverts worm their way into everything with style and flair but they are usually lazy and incompetent so the real work then falls to the introverts who know how to do their job.
11:10 AM on 08/01/2012
There is a difference between work related emails and the joke, politic's and trivia email that circulates in offices.
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Scurvydog74
10:18 PM on 08/01/2012
God (oops, I mean Corporate) forbid someone ever spend 5 minutes enjoying a funny email. "Get your lazy butt back to work!"
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11:01 AM on 08/01/2012
But true work email is better than the phone when applicable as you can keep the conversation short and too the point. Also you can do the emails when you get to them instead of having to answer and/or call back on the phone when ever it rings.
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mltmama
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odra
My micro-bio is empty
10:45 AM on 08/01/2012
Just imagine how stuff got done before there was email. It is amazing that anything was accomplished.
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DK in MS
Reinstate Glass-Steagall
01:56 PM on 08/01/2012
Way back then - lol
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PathofTotality
Who is Watching the Watchers
10:40 AM on 08/01/2012
I'll agree with the 28%. I was guessing around 25% when I saw the headline.
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Phreaked
In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night
10:39 AM on 08/01/2012
I receive on average 400 emails a day and send another 100.

Thankfully i get to ignore about 200 of the ones i receive but i still have to read them all to figure out if i need to pay attention or not
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Akizme72
Lace Up Hike On Go Off the Beaten Trails
10:29 AM on 08/01/2012
Firstly, if it is really URGENT communication, the phone should always have prevalence over email.
Secondly, anybody with 2 cents of organizational skills will set a schedule for themselves and stick to it (1/2hr for email check at the beginning of the workday, after lunch and one hour before leaving work).
Thirdly, anybody who cannot dissociate themselves from their smartphone/laptop/work should make the effort to. I shut my phone off at 7pm and my bosses (back when I had them) knew that full well and guess what? they actually respected my boundaries even though I was in charge of a 28-employee department.
Working more does not equate working better. It never has and never will. Balancing life and work is what boost productivity, not squeezing your employees dry of any and all personal time.
As for using the internet for personal purposes, it just is a corollary of doing business online. Most workers I know are actually pretty good at not going overboard with it so I guess it is up to the employer to determine what they are ok -and not okay- with.
10:43 AM on 08/01/2012
"Firstly, if it is really URGENT communication, the phone should always have prevalence over email."

I do the exact opposite, and I'll state the reasons why:
First off, I have a full record of the conversation and any decisions reached during it.
Secondly, I get much better response quality exactly because the other parties know that there is a record.

"Secondly, anybody with 2 cents of organizational skills will set a schedule for themselves and stick to it (1/2hr for email check at the beginning of the workday, after lunch and one hour before leaving work). "

That's a noble goal, but in some jobs plain does not work. I can't always let someone wait for 4 hours until I respond, or even let them wait a full day because my inbox is clogged and I can't get to someone within the hour.
That's a very job-specific area and I wouldn't attack someone's organizational skills just because you have less correspondence than some other people do, or correspondence with less urgency.
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Akizme72
Lace Up Hike On Go Off the Beaten Trails
11:17 AM on 08/01/2012
Good points. What work(ed) for me does not necessarily have to work for others.
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jonredbird
To Twwweet to Eat, so Fly Away.
12:07 PM on 08/01/2012
Hey AK-me, U been watch'n me in the office....lol Wow we would of worked great together. Balance....is the perfect ket!!! Take care my friend. JR
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jonredbird
To Twwweet to Eat, so Fly Away.
12:40 PM on 08/01/2012
oppppps meant perfect "key"  fat finger'd that one....JR
10:21 AM on 08/01/2012
Ah! Another good reason to support the U. S. Postal Service! You wouldn't get nearly so much worthless mail if the internet were suddenly to disappear.
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homer winslow
Truth in Beauty, Beauty in Truth
10:28 AM on 08/01/2012
My business would disappear if the internet were to disappear. 80% of our print jobs come via email or ftp, so we spend more than 25% of our day dealing with email and uploading and downloading files.
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noaxe397
11:22 AM on 08/01/2012
Yours is a different situation than what the article is trying to describe.  You use email as a business tool like a carpenter using a hammer and saw.   I think the article is describing, or trying to, unnecessary communication that exists only because the internet exists.
10:17 AM on 08/01/2012
Well, what the hell else do they have to do with their miserable lives? They are getting paid to deal with these emails.
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AndrewIfallalot
What's so wrong with class warfare?
10:05 AM on 08/01/2012
I'd rather be able to be contacted via email outside of work hours than to lose access to my non-work activities. I know how to balance my time and when I need to be working hard and when I can chill out
groucho42
Radical Moderate
10:04 AM on 08/01/2012
I disagree, but I don't have time now to say why -- I'll send you an email... ;)