N – Email damages productivity

The three billion emails sent a day in the United Kingdom are “leaving us tired, frustrated and unproductive.” A third of office workers suffer “email stress. ” And dealing with pointless messages may cost UK business £39m a year. These are the conclusions of a BBC2 Money Programme in March called “Email is ruining my life!” Some firms are trialing email-free days and hiring consultants to solve the problem. To reduce the burden, get a good spam filter, choose your email’s recipients carefully, write more clearly, and reduce automatic interruptions from email software, experts suggest. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7281707.stm and see “Email time bandits” www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=560166&in_page_id=1770