Can We All Agree Which Day Should Be Email Free?
from the this-will-never-work dept
Ah, the return of the "email free *day." In 2002 we had the story of the Liverpool City Council banning all internal email use on Wednesdays based on the idea that sometimes it was good to force people to communicate in other ways. In 2003 Phones4U's CEO (also based in the UK) decided that email was wasting his employees' time, and banned all internal email communications. Last year, Veritas decided to have email free Fridays to get people to communicate in a different way. It seems that, once a year, this idea gets picked up somewhere. The latest is that the Essex police chief has told his staff to avoid emailing each other on Wednesdays (agreeing with the Liverpool City Council on the proper day, apparently). It's an interesting idea to try to force people to seek alternate means of communication and break them of a bad habit... but, sometimes email really is the best means of communication. So, arbitrarily banning it doesn't seem like the most productive of solutions.