Memorandum to All Employees: A fictional memo to the employees of a fictional company.
Beginning August 1st, you will no longer be able to send an e-mail to another employee of our organization. After some study, we have concluded that such e-mails are almost never the most efficient or effective way to obtain, provide or exchange information. In fact, we estimate that as much as 20% of our employees’ time is wasted reading, writing and answering e-mails, beyond the time that it would take to communicate the same information using more appropriate means.
The whole thing is…interesting. I think it goes a little far, but it’s a sentiment I think I lot of people share.
Personally, I use email to avoid human contact. In another company I worked at, I would send an email to a certain project manager. Ten seconds later, my phone would ring and it was her. I wanted to scream into the phone: “Do you realize sent you an email precisely because I didn’t want to talk to you!?”