E-mail zaps productivity

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Almost 40% of workers in the UK, Germany and the US waste an hour a day e-mailing friends and relatives or swapping jokes online.

These are the latest time-wasting findings from Clearswift, the company that managers content security software for email and the Web.

The other 60% aren't angels either, with the majority admitting to spending up to half an hour a day on personal e-mails. Only one in 10 workers claims never to use the company e-mail system for personal purposes.

But according to the survey findings, bosses aren't concerned. Over three quarters believe their boss would be 'unconcerned' if they knew about this time-wasting.

Nationality and occupation play a part. Americans are the worst offenders:

  • American, non-IT staff spend 21 days a year on personal e-mail
  • IT work...

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By frauke
25th Feb 2005 16:28

Loss of productivity?
To maximise an employees productivity they need to be happy doing their job.

Stopping personal/fun e-mails would make many unhappy (could even aid a boring job from being boring!) If an employee is unhappy they are not going to be very productive.

Who ever did this research was very short sighted and does not understand how to motivate employees to maximise productivity!

It can't be considered a waste of time and certainly does not "zap productivity".

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25th Feb 2005 09:48

What do you expect?
The population of email users in US = ? , China = ?, UK = ? .

Why take such a miserable small population of 4,500 inhabitants out of the world population of ?? billion?????

Also, which industry is this miserable sample taken from? Young teeny winnie itsie bitsie polka dots bikinies?

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