Email ‘officially biggest timewaster’

Average employee spends two hours answering emails

Emails have officially become the biggest timewaster at work, according to new research.

The average employee now spends approximately 90 minutes to two hours every day, trawling through hundreds of messages – the majority of which is junk and spam mail.

According to research firm, the Radicati Group, daily global email traffic has now hit 196 million messages and is estimated to reach 374 billion per day by 2011.

The email onslaught has now become a ‘broken business tool’ for employees and is in desperate need of rectifying, said social media consultant, Jason Preston.

In a bid to alleviate the deluge, some companies have held ‘no email days’ to encourage employees to pick up the phone or talk to each other instead.

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