More than a quarter of the average worker’s day is spent answering and reading emails, according to a new survey.
McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp. found that email is the second-most time-consuming activity for workers, next to “role-specific tasks.” The consultant claims that time spent on email can be cut by 25%-30% by introducing social networking communications into a business. Doing so would free up 7% to 8% more of the workweek for other tasks. Assuming an eight-hour day, that translates to about two hours, 14 minutes a day spent on emails.
I’d absolutely believe this. I’m fortunate to have a position with a light email load, but there are some days where I’ll literally lose hours to email. And it is a loss. I blame workplace politics for most of it. It’s so frustrating spending three hours writing a three paragraph email, just because it’s going to a group on campus with competing interests and you don’t want to upset them or the fragile working relationship you have.
I deal with this by dedicating only half an hour (tops) to email during the morning when I get in. For email during the day, I use the OHIO method (Only Handle It Once). If you read it, reply to it right away. It’s made my life so much easier at work.
"According to survey by data-protection company Mozy, 73% of bosses have a relaxed attitude to time keeping because staffers are working flexible hours beyond 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In fact, one in five employees has already checked their work email by 7:00 a.m. and the average employee has already spent up to 46 minutes working before they arrive at the office."
What people want is “community,” engagement and highly effective opportunities to work with highly effective people who can get things done. And if those highly effective people are kind of cool and kind of smart they will become your “work friends.”
Then they will become your Facebook friends and you will have Thanksgiving Dinner with them because it’s way more fun and much less stressful than hanging with your own family. And you will be happier at work, and therefore stay longer and then that big nameless, faceless, well-branded corporate entity that signs your paycheck will continue to prosper and thrive, making bazillions of dollars, and then it can hire a phenomenal design firm to build a “campus” for its happy workers, who will stay longer and work more but won’t mind as much because they have a dry cleaner, fitness center and their best friends all within 10 feet of their desk. See how this works?
Who, Where, How We Work: The Intersection of Culture, Workplace, and Social Media
"Young Americans don’t go to college to avoid work. They work hard in college so they have a shot at earning a modestly rewarding living. Unfortunately for these young aspirants, they’re slogging toward a labor market that older generations of Americans have sullied. Rather than insulting college students by suggesting that they don’t know what hard work is, older Americans might instead consider apologizing for the pathetic employment market staring down graduates in this country."
Blast from the past! I posted this waaay back in the day.
In the reblogs, the link to the downloadable PDF poster I included (that doesn’t have the spellcheck redlines in the bit.ly link in the bottom right corner) got lost. It’s right here for those of you who are interested: http://bit.ly/kqVPMW (don’t let the grainy browser preview mislead you when you click through; it looks just fine once you download it).
“For Office 15 we’re building new products to deliver integration of instant messaging/presence with social networks such as Facebook,” the company wrote in a job posting put online today. Stephen Chapman first reported on the news at ZDNet and said he found it bewildering. Not everyone feels that way, though; to some observers it makes perfect sense.
“Facebook and Microsoft have an alliance stemming from early investments in their relationship to keep their common enemy Google at bay,” analyst Jeremiah Owyang of Altimeter Group said to us about the news. “Expect this partnership to continue, not just because of a software alliance, but also because the lines between personal and work life [are] blurring and as Facebook becomes the dominant identification system on the web. “
::sigh:: This might work if everyone had two Facebook profiles (one for work). Otherwise, I envision IM convos like this:
“Hey Tim, I love these revisions on the quarterly report!”
“Thanks, Lisa, I worked on them all day.”
“All day? But you tagged four new pictures of your cat in the morning, updated your status about how you were taking an extra long trip to the bathroom to play Angry Birds on your phone, and liked a bunch of new groups in the afternoon. Including Forever 21. What’s up with that anyway?