As alternatives Atos will use file sharing through in house applications, instant messaging and an internal Wiki. They've already been able to reduce internal e-mail volume by 20% with the goal of eliminating e-mail within 18 months for it's 74,000 employees.
I'm currently reading Tim Ferris' The Four Hour Workweek which includes some gripes about the inefficiency of e-mail as a cause for long but unproductive workdays. Ferris argues that you can reduce your use of e-mail to a once weekly chore, and not suffer any consequences. In reorganizing your thinking about the handling of messages, e-mail, voicemail, and where your "bottlenecks" are within your business The Four Hour Workweek outlines how you can become more productive by dedicating less time to an inefficient system.
Last month I read an article on the internet which I want to attribute to HR Bartender (but can't because I was remiss in bookmarking said article, not sure who wrote it or how to find it now!) which demonstrated new HR software that looked and operated similarly to Facebook and kept track of employees' development goals, educational efforts and collaborations. Wow! HR finally moves out from under the Byzantine boulder it wedged itself beneath for decades and becomes an instant aid to operations, employee development and performance? I'm impressed. I would assume that this type of technology will become common in the years to come. What a fantastic aid to employee development. I love this idea!
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