A Life Without Email

In a very interesting article in TechCruch, Jon Orlin delves into the possible repercussions of a “zero email” policy.

Thierry Breton, CEO of a very large European technology firm with over 70,000 employees, has vowed that in three years, his company will be a “zero email” company. He says that “only 10% of emails turn out to be important” and that email is no longer the appropriate tool. “It is time to think differently.”

We’ve all had moments of overwhelm thanks to the sheer mass of emails in our inbox after even mere hours of neglect. But I can’t help but ask, what happens to those ten percent of emails that are important? Is this a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater? And what is the alternative, how will we communicate with our colleagues if we have NO email?

There’s a lot of room to make email more productive without banning it. Take a look at Keith’s thoughts about sending emails: The Huge Mistake People Make with Email and 7 Tips to Avoid It.

How do you deal with email overwhelm? Are there times that you used to use email that you now reach for another tool?

Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.

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