45 years and still going strong! Email isn’t going anywhere soon.
I get too many emails. I bet I don’t hear anyone who disagrees with me. Most are irrelevant. All in all, very time-consuming. One of the many benefits promoted by the business social revolution is the ability to cut down, dare we say do away with, email. Interesting theory. Unlikely reality. Enterprise social networks (ESN) reach is limited, it can be non-productive, and not necessarily relevant on an individual basis. Imagine no email. I’m not sure I could function.
Seems I am right. email is far more popular than social media and texting. Why? It’s easy to use and has far more features than enterprise social networks (ESN), such as color coding, flagging, prioritizing, folders, and automatic rules. The reason I am not sold on ESN is that it typically contains too much information, and too much irrelevant information. We use Yammer and to be quite honest, I rarely look at it. It is a time hoard.
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, ‘Technology’s Impact On Workers’, 94% of office workers use the Internet as a principle work tool. In regards to email, most office workers find working, collaborating and communicating by email is easier than other technologies and a core part of their work life. According to the study, “Of those surveyed, 61 percent rated email as very important to their job while 44 percent said the same of the Internet. In comparison, only 4 percent rated social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn as “very important” to their work.” Most did not see email as non-productive. 46% felt it made them more productive, with a mere 7% stating that email and cell phones made them less productive.
It seems that most of the participants weren’t that crazy about cell phones either. “Despite the rise of mobile and smartphones, most workers are lukewarm about the impact. One in three workers (35 percent) say landline phones are “very important” to their work, compared with 24 percent who say the same about mobile phones. Asked about the impact email and cell phone has on their work practices:
- 51 percent said they have expanded the number of people they communicate with outside of the enterprise using email
- 39 percent say their working hours and practices are more flexible with email
- 35 percent says that email and cell phones also increases the number of hours they work”
What are your feelings about email? Could you give it up?