Tech firm to slash employee stress by banning e-mails

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London, Nov 30: The emergence of the Internet was seen as a major technological marvel and the e-mail seen as bringing people together bridging the physical gap. But a French company, Atos thinks otherwise and consider that office e-mails are a waste of time and are contemplating to ban them completely in their office.

Atos is one of the biggest information technology companies in the world with over 80,000 workers in 42 countries. In a report that appeared on the Daily Mail, the organization headquartered in France have found that employees waste a lot of time dealing with irrelevant e-mails.

The company intends to phase out emails within 18 months and hopes to promote personal interaction by talking to each other. The company said that they can talk either on a phone or in person. Thierry Breton, Atos's 56-year-old Chief Executive Officer said, "It is not right that some of our fellow employees spend hours in the evening dealing with their e-mails."

The CEO stated that out of the 200 e-mails received by employees everyday, only 20 are important. He commented, "The e-mail is no longer the appropriate tool. It is time to think differently."

Breton added that the main problem was with people switching to a "useless" e-mail while they were carrying out an important task. What could be more efficient was a real-time messaging interface like that available on Facebook that was more preferable to e-mail, Breton stated.

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