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« on: August 21, 2010, 01:04:29 PM »

Email is a great tool for communication but its persistent misuse is an ever-growing problem for UK businesses, according to a legal industry round table.

Personal email and internet use were identified by the panel as replacing sick days as the biggest danger to workplace productivity. Despite companies restricting the use of numerous sites to lunchtimes, finding a balance between acting like a Big Brother-style organisation and preventing time wasting was a key issue. A survey carried out by Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 2006 suggested that nearly 50% of large businesses suffer from staff misuse of the internet or email facilities.
 
The round table discussions are held in association with web hosting firm UKFast with the aim of uniting business leaders to share advice and provide ideas for developing companies. Lawrence Jones, MD of UKFast, said:
"We can become too reliant on email at the expense of picking up the phone and building stronger relationships. Despite the internet being integral to our business growth, we still recognise the importance of face-to-face communication with our colleagues and clients."

To combat misuse and ensure the continual use of face-to-face communication, many organisations have turned to email-free Fridays, which encourage team members to use the telephone or simply cross the office to deliver a message.

The round table also identified the dangers that misinterpreting an innocent email can have if forwarded or sent to someone other than the intended recipient. Email threads, in particular, can pose several risks to the legal profession in terms of e-disclosure. Companies must ensure that all employees are aware of their internet policy with regards to sending offensive, threatening, indecent or obscene correspondence.

Despite the dangers, Richard Parkinson, Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons LLP, thinks the advantages of using email far outweigh the risks.
"It throws up greater opportunities to work more efficiently," he said. "Certainly when working within an international firm you can share things straightaway with colleagues in other offices and other jurisdictions. If you have a huge disclosure project you could outsource it to pretty much anywhere in the world."

He added:
"It presents different ways of working which more firms are going to have to look at and take advantage of to work more efficiently."
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 12:41:32 PM »

You could say making cups of tea is a time killer in the workplace. I always find these stories a bit silly (no offence). Travelling to the workplace itself is a time killer let's all work from home.
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