Would a 'no email day' work?

At the end of last week Jane Wakefield, a technology reporter for BBC News (Technology), opened an article on email by making the following statement:

With inboxes bulging with messages and many workers dreading the daily deluge of e-mail, some companies are taking drastic action.

She went on to make reference to some American companies that have experimented with "shutting down their inboxes for one day of the week".

Email, as appears to be case, is a factor in stressing employees and stretching already limited resources.

The article reports on one company that introduced a "no e-mail Friday" - after four months came reports that the company felt that the trial was a resounding success, with better teamwork, happier customers and quicker problem solving.

It's a bit of a cliche for a researcher to come out with, but it's more than reasonable to suggest that more research is needed on a wider variety of organizations, etc. to confirm whether or not email, typically viewed by many as indispensable, can be switched off in such a manner.

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1 comment:

Hayley, uk said...

Does anyone know if any research has been carried out on this subject. I have seem some industry pieces but there are mostly US-based.

I also think Phones4U banned email in 2003.

This could make a really good dissertation topic if a company could be found to take part (ahh - if only I were back at uni!)