The stories coming out about about Atos Origin banning use of email internally make me sad. That is not the right way to push the use of the right tool for the right job. It is going to result in employees hating "social tools" just as much as they hate email today.
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- Email is NOT broken, it does what it's supposed to do really well. The use of it as a collaboration tool has been surpassed by more appropriate social tools. I could just as easily say social is broken because it makes information transparent. Right tool for the right job. Taking email away from employees is not the answer. Teaching them when and jow to more affectively use social tools is.Dec 1, 2011
- Glad you see your initial reaction,. Thanks for bringing to my attention .
I've had 5-6 people point me to this article this week (ironically I am running an internal "experiment" this week at work trying to make it through a work week without using email). And like many of the comments above, while the title and big picture seem cool, the whole thing just leaves a bad taste in my mouth for reasons already mentioned.
My advertisement internally behind my experiment has been to shift any knowledge sharing I am doing out of email (and any knowledge sharing people are prompting me to do via email) into a more open location so it can benefit more people, and I can get a higher return on my effort for sharing that information. Then people read this article (and a few have shared it via our internal social collab platform) and conclude "get out of email, and use IM more!" The war isn't against email itself, it's against hidden and lost knowledge that is getting captured in a less efficient manner.
Even during my experiment this week where my intentions where to go cold turkey, I have still made the decision to send 7-8 emails this week, realizing email was an effective and appropriate channel. But continued to shift any collaboration where I thought the conversation had benefit beyond the addressees on that message.
This article is not conveying the take away I want people to have, nor the purpose for what I am doing. Yet people are still associating it with my cause just by reading the title. Great timing ;)Dec 1, 2011
- Or, thinking more positively, maybe it is fortuitous timing so I have the opportunity to clearly point out the difference instead of assuming that anyone watching completely understands the purpose behind my experiment. I'll go with the glass half full approach here ;)Dec 1, 2011
- What can I say ... the French are the French!!! But on a serious note ... do you really think this guy doesn't understand the need for both the "social" .. ie a one-to-many broadcast .. and the good old fashioned "personal" .. ie a one-to-one, private & confidential .. means of communication. I think he does!!! Excellent way to both stimulate discussion around new technology and raise the global profile of his organization. Good job Mr. CEO!!!!!Dec 1, 2011
- Thank you for this new example of unplugged-management. I am with when it comes to email, but agree with you about this flawed approach.Dec 2, 2011
- Adding http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/the-company-that-outlawed-email.html to the conversation.Dec 2, 2011