“You’ve got mail!’” announced the 1990s Billy Crystal film of the same name.
Its excitement over the then-new world of email seems quaint now, especially considering that the average office worker spends 25% of their day wading through their inbox.
According to a survey by workplace designers Maris Interiors, all this e-admin adds up to 82 days a year, whether that’s reading, sending, or sorting our emails. Worse still, email is being blamed for longer working hours, and the main reason people still find themselves ‘at work’ in bed, checking their iPhone.
Some experts recommend only checking our inboxes at specific times of the day, in a way that is meant to replicate the traditional arrival of the postman. However, with the amount of emails many of us have to get through, this isn’t always realistic.
David Cannon, Managing Director of Maris Interiors, has his own thoughts on the issue: “I think the best thing you can do is to cut down on unnecessary emails. I mean, before composing long email to a colleague, it may just be simpler to turn round and talk to them.”
Notes For The Editor:
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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