Company implements ‘Zero Email’ policy

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You’ve got mail – not.  French IT firm Atos has come up with a bizarre new company policy that bans employees from sending internal emails.

According to CEO Thierry Breton, only 10% of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18% is spam. His solution? Force his company’s 74,000 employees to communicate with each other via instant messaging in a bid to eradicate internal emails in 18 months’ time.

Breton, who was the French finance minister from 2005 to 2007, told the Wall Street Journal that he has not sent any emails since he became CEO of Atos in 2008.

“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives,” he said in a statement when the policy was announced early this year.

Caroline Crouch, a spokeswoman of the company, added that the overall response from employees “has been positive with strong take up of alternative tools”. She added that the company has already reduced the number of internal emails by 20% in six months.


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