GovBytes: A Workplace Without Email?

Could you imagine doing your job without email? Many of us spend a large portion of our working hours sending and responding to messages, but that could all change. According to a new survey by Robert Half Technology, a majority of CIOs believe that real-time communication tools, like instant messaging, will eventually supplant workplace email.

Approximately 54 percent of CIOs spanning a variety of industries said applications such as instant messaging, SharePoint and Yammer — a social network designed for intercompany communications — would supplant on-the-job e-mail use by employees. The survey was sponsored by Robert Half Technology, an IT professional staffing agency.

Is Social Media Pushing E-Mail to Extinction?

Real-time communication is often purported to boost productivity. Sometimes it is easier and faster to be able to send a co-worker a chat rather than composing an entire email. However, others would argue that being constantly interrupted detracts from productivity because it derails your focus. The beauty of email is that you can respond right away or you can wait until later. What do you think? Will we rely less on email in the future, and if so, how will it impact productivity?


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