It won't come as a surprise to you that talking about the death of email is my favourite subject. When we talk about workplace productivity, email is the biggest blocker to being efficient with most of us spending between 3-6 hours a day purely reading and sending email.
Back in September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time (see The Death Of Email by 2018 ) and when I did I was literally laughed at by most people.
Time Remaining of my prediction:
Today no one seems to be laughing.
In fact quite the opposite. Companies like Atos have already stated that they will ban internal email by 2014 and other comapnies are following suit. There are even social products on the market today that are integrating email into them. Is this the beginning of the end of email?
On today's live panel debate it was the general consensus that email is not dead today, however we do need to start addressing the behaviours in how we use email. Stopping cc, bcc, and reply all were some of the key messages (see full playback below).
One thing is clear, the next generation coming through are not brought up on email but instead on social applications like Facebook and Twitter. These behaviours they are bringing into business and is why today we are beginning to see a communication gap between traditional and social which needs to be addressed.
There are still 6 years to go on my prediction of the death of email as we know it, a prediction that people are now debating rather ridiculing.
So before you send your next email STOP, and THINK, is there a better way - a more SOCIAL way of communicating your message.
Q1) Email is dead. Agree / disagree?
Q2) A week without email. What would be the real impact?
Q3) Is integrating email with social tools into a single platform the next big thing in comms?
Q4) What email etiquette would you advise others when communicating with you?
Q5) If starting a new company with 1000 employees, what comms tool(s) would you use internally today?
(watch video panel playback below of these questions being debated)
- The Death Of Email By 2018 - via @davidchris
- Time To Kill Email [video playback] - via @HuffPostLive
- I Banned All Internal Emails At My Company for A Week - via Forbes
- Ten Top Tips: Why Ditching Emails Is The Way To Go - via Management Today
- What To Do When...You Are Caught In An Email War - via Karen Adamedes
- Why Atos' Zero Email Policy Does Not Make Sense - via Grexit
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Participants: Greg Lowe (from car); Jenn Emerson; Luis Suarez; Richard Rashty
Recording: (watch playback embedded below)