That's probably a rather provocative heading on its own for that article, but how far is it from reality? Today's reality. Would you say that email is dead?
Probably not. Not yet, at least. I know for me it isn't. Not yet anyway. After 7 years of #noemail I still get a few emails per week (Almost 5 per week at the moment), so while you could say it's almost dead for me, I still have some of them come along.
The interesting thing from the article though, is this particular quote that I found mind-boggling, to a certain extent, and you will see why shortly:
'Research conducted by University of Loughborough in 2011 showed that it takes an average of 64 seconds for an individual to recover their thoughts after being distracted by an email. From this, the research estimated that email, a resource that is widely regarded as 'free', actually costs companies between £5,000 and £10,000 per employee per year in reduced productivity.'
Whoahhh! Not sure what you folks would think, but I am thinking myself that if I were running a company of say several hundreds or thousands of employees I would be doing, right now, a quick math as to how much $$$ I am losing in productivity hours from my employee workforce. Let's repeat that number: 'between £5,000 and £10,000 per employee per year'.
If that's not a reason to question and challenge the current status quo of email at the workplace I don't know what is, really! How much longer before we all collectively realise that email is no longer the powerhouse it once was in terms of working effectively in a complex environment of multiple project teams, scattered across different geos, in multiple timezones, with multiple social tools more open and collaborative than email ever was?
How much more money do businesses need to lose down the drain to realise the damage email is creating upon your own value add / worth. Yes, email may well not be dead just yet, but it surely is costing all businesses out there sheer lots of money just preparing for the funeral, because that's what we seem to be working on at the moment.
Time to wake and shake it off and start Thinking Outside the Inbox methinks ... don't you think?
PS. A huge thanks for the heads up to who shared the link earlier on across on Twitter mentioning he commented on the article, which he did and his response is worth while taking a look into as well, in terms of what alternatives there are out there and how can folks start challenging some of the perceptions as to why we need to re-think the purpose of how we use email at work and when not (i.e. alternatives). Definitely, worth while a look!
#noemail #lawwe #outsidetheinbox #deathtoemail #collaboration #change #pkm #knowledgesharing #repurposeemail #socbiz #openbiz
Another set of great comments, along the lines with the ability of younger generations to be able to adapt much more effectively and efficiently to the environment they are moving in than perhaps other generations, but I think it's going to be their ability to connect and network they breathe in that's going to be the key differentiator, regardless, indeed, the social tools they may be using in 5, 10 or 15 years from now :) hehe