7 keys Effective E-Mail Control
How To Combat the Costly Drain from E-mail Overload
Most of us already know the personal and financial cost of e-mail overload. We don’t just mean spam. One estimate is that 34% of business e-mail is unnecessary*.
Almost 3 billion e-mails are sent daily**, just in the UK and many global companies have gone to the trouble of calculating the cost of the excess. A recent figure for one company put it close to £40,000,000. That’s per year!
Let’s also consider the human cost. Psychologist, Professor Cary Cooper, government adviser on stress, says that e-mail is a major source of anxiety - anxiety that contributes to the 14,000,000 sick days taken annually, due to stress.
The Health & Safety Executive gauges the financial liability of stress at £1,000 per employee per year.
What can we do?
The majority of people we speak to in the large corporates tell us they receive too many e-mails.
The fascinating thing is that when we ask a room full of people ‘how many here receive too much e-mail?, all raise their hands.
When we ask ‘how many people here send the right amount of e-mail?’ all raise their hands.
And therein lies the problem - and the solution.
** BBC Business News