Ban Workplace Email?

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Ban Workplace Email?
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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 2:26pm

The New York Times is asking the question on whether workplaces should ban emails:

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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 3:06pm

Banning email would make my job more difficult.

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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 3:14pm

Which is the question?


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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 5:24pm

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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 7:12pm
I like sending e-mails, especially if I have something to tell a large number of people something that doesn't need immediate attention or it's something I think I might need to refer back to or the person I need to talk to isn't available to talk to in person, and I'm afraid I might forget what I wanted to tell him or her. I talk to people in person, by instant message, by phone, and by e-mail. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages and I use the method that's best for who I'm talking to and what I'm saying.
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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 7:20pm
Considering many, if not most, of the people I do business with are NOT in the same physical locale - yeah, this could be a problem.

I agree that ideas come from conversations - but I think conversations are conversations, regardless of the medium. Face to face, email, IM, phone - they're still conversations.

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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 9:15pm

I can understand encouraging people to reduce unnecessary mass emails, but to eliminate emails entirely just isn't something many workplaces can do.





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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 9:24pm
We've put serious restrictions on who is able to use the "all student" email list because students were getting inundated with group emails. But no one wants to limit individual emails. It's the best way to reach students, and frankly, it makes faculty much more available to students. I check my email multiple times a day, whether I'm at work or not, and often respond to student emails in the evening or on weekends, which I certainly couldn't do otherwise. One of the problems with email (and smartphones) is that it's almost impossible to be truly unavailable these days.
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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 2:19am

I prefer email and I only really work with my husband. If it is in an email, he can attend to it when he is ready, instead of my having to chase him down and find the right moment. It also means that it is in writing, so he can't claim that I didn't tell him.

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 7:24am

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 7:54am

it would depend on the industry.

 

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