When is the last time you can recall seeing ‘no new emails’ in your inbox or  next to your unread emails at the start of your day? …Months ago? Maybe a year or two ago? Can’t remember? That’s because most of us spend a significant part of our day reading, sorting, replying and sending emails, which essentially just creates more ‘busy work’ for all recipients involved.
If you haven’t heard of it before, No Email Day is about taking a 24 hour break on anything related to emails and encouraging people to re-evaluate their means of communication by determining whether it contributes towards, or inhibits people from getting more work done. This is a campaign that Powwownow loves to support because it is a great way to help people realise more productive solutions for communication.
According to the Guardian, ‘the average employee spends 40% of their working week dealing with internal emails which add no value to the business‘, and to put this in context; that is the equivalent of saying that people only start doing ‘real work’ from Wednesday onwards.
So this year, #NoEmailDay is on the 5/5/15, and it couldn’t come at a better time because as you can imagine, drowning in emails is not how most people want to spend their first day back to work after a long weekend. Instead, people can then discover more efficient and collaborative ways of communicating with each other such as using instant message, conference calling or web conferencing. This means that people can focus on getting ‘real work’ done rather than just procrastinating with ‘busy work’, a result that companies will prefer, no doubt.
This is not to say that emailing has become completely redundant, it’s benefits are undeniable, but it’s a great way to help people to start using better (and more appropriate) means of communication by leaving emails for the formalities.
So instead of wasting that 40% of your time emailing and subsequently delaying the work that you actually need to complete, we encourage you to get on board with this campaign on Tuesday and realise for yourself-how much time we really spend (or waste) on emails.
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