The French information technology company Atos, which employs over 70,000 people in 42 countries, is going to ban internal emails because it believes the majority of them are irrelevant and time-wasting, and it is no longer an appropriate tool for the workplace. Instead it will be switching all of its employees to an instant messaging service and a Facebook-style interface.
Thierry Breton is the man behind the change and apparently he hasn’t sent an email in the three years since he became chairman and CEO of Atos. According to ABC:
CEO Thierry Breton of the French information technology company said only 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18 percent is spam. That’s why he hopes the company can eradicate internal emails in 18 months, forcing the company’s 74,000 employees to communicate with each other via instant messaging and a Facebook-style interface.
Atos has already reduced the number of internal emails by 20% in six months and is going to phase them out within 18 months. The company is evaluating a number of other new tools to replace them including Atos Wiki, which allows employees to communicate by contributing or modifying online content, and Office Communicator, an online chat system that allows video conferencing, and file and application sharing.