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French IT major Atos to ban e-mails

French IT major Atos to ban e-mails

Atos believes that too many of them waste hours dealing with irrelevant e-mails, so wants them phased out within 18 months.

In an extraordinary move, French ITgiant Atos, with over 80,000 employees in 42 countries, including India, willsoon ban e-mails since 90 per cent of them are a waste of time.

Atos believes that too many of them waste hours dealing withirrelevant e-mails, so wants them phased out within 18 months.

Instead the company wants people to spend more time talkingto each other - either on the phone or in person - and to use tightlycontrolled "real time" messaging interfaces.

Thierry Breton, Atos's chief executive officer who is aformer French finance minister, said the "zero e-mail" policy couldbe in place within a year-and-a-half.

"It is not right that some of our fellow employeesspend hours in the evening dealing with their e-mails," Breton was quotedas saying by the Daily Mail.

Claiming that only 20 out of every 200 emails received byhis staff every day turn out to be important, Breton said: "The e-mail isno longer the appropriate tool. It is time to think differently."

"The deluge of information will be one of the mostimportant problems a company will have to face," he said.

He said the main problem was people switching to a 'useless'email while they were carrying out a far more important task.

Allowing e-mails to stack up also means that staff have hugee-mail workloads to pile through when they get home.

Breton suggested that a real time messaging interface asavailable on sites like Facebook would be far preferable to email, with staffalso encouraged to talk to each other in person.

"Companies must prepare for the new wave of usage and behaviour,"he said, adding that he always preferred proper conversations.

"If people want to talk to me, they can come and visitme, call or send me a text message," said Breton. "Emails cannotreplace the spoken word."