European Tech Company Outlawing Employee Email Use

CEO Theirry Breton of the French information technology company Atos has announced that his company will soon employ a “zero email” policy.

According to the CEO his employees currently receive upwards of 200 emails per day of which only 10 percent are useful and 18 percent are spam.

Breton hopes that his 74,000 employees can eliminate email in the next 18 months and begin using quicker forms of communication including text messages, instant messages and even phone calls.

According to a spokeswoman for the company their aim is to eliminate internal company emails rather than external emails from clients and partners. The company appears to be on track to reach their goal, already eliminating 20% of all internal emails over the last six months.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal Breton who has not sent an email since taking over Atos three years ago notes:

“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives,” and “At [Atos] we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”

Atos in 2010 had revenues of nearly $11.5 billion and currently holds offices in 42 countries.

Do you think a giant tech firm the size of Atos can manage to eliminate internal emails completely from their tech based corporate culture.

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