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E-mail-Free Friday

The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day during
which we would not use internal email. External email from clients would,
of course, have to be taken care of. As the post office admin, I was asked
if there was a way to accomplish this system-wide: block internal
correspondence but allow that to and from outside.

I couldn't help them on the system-wide enforcement thing, but offered to
ignore my internal email for the rest of the week as a test of the idea.


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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

Mary Wood,

> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day during
> which we would not use internal email.


One question: Why?

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kgroneman wrote:
> Mary Wood,
>
>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day during
>> which we would not use internal email.

>
> One question: Why?


It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the prime
offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
communication will get better.

In some places it works. In others, it doesn't. It's very dependent on
organizational culture and the willingness of people who are leashed to
their email with always-communicating devices to turn them off and not
accept email on the designated days. If they won't do it, no one else
will, either.

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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

most people will just switch to internally supported chat, or worse yet,
start using aim/yahoo/msn/etc.

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"Beth Cole" <eacole@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:VS1vj.3210$Ec7.2389@kovat.provo.novell.com...
> kgroneman wrote:
>> Mary Wood,
>>
>>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day
>>> during
>>> which we would not use internal email.

>>
>> One question: Why?

>
> It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
> very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the prime
> offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
> communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
> communication will get better.
>
> In some places it works. In others, it doesn't. It's very dependent on
> organizational culture and the willingness of people who are leashed to
> their email with always-communicating devices to turn them off and not
> accept email on the designated days. If they won't do it, no one else
> will, either.
>
> --
> Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
> nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain



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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

Beth Cole wrote:
> kgroneman wrote:
>
>> Mary Wood,
>>
>>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day
>>> during
>>> which we would not use internal email.

>>
>>
>> One question: Why?

>
>
> It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
> very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the prime
> offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
> communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
> communication will get better.
>
> In some places it works. In others, it doesn't. It's very dependent on
> organizational culture and the willingness of people who are leashed to
> their email with always-communicating devices to turn them off and not
> accept email on the designated days. If they won't do it, no one else
> will, either.
>

The funny thing is, I still remember upper management telling me that
they weren't going to use email when I first set it up. They wanted to
talk to someone on the phone or face to face. Now they can't live
without their blackberries. 🙂

Brad
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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

On Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:26:20 +0000, kgroneman wrote:

>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day
>> during which we would not use internal email.

>
> One question: Why?


To stop global warming? To lower gas prices?

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Joe
"Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do."

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naomi371 Absent Member.
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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

Well, the announcement came yesterday that we are to do this for four
consecutive Fridays.

No "whys" were proffered, leaving those of us who don't make the decisions
to yet again wonder, "WTF"?


"Joseph Marton" <jmartonNO@SPAMhsemuni.com> wrote in message
news:pan.2008.02.21.13.57.55.74271@SPAMhsemuni.com...
> On Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:26:20 +0000, kgroneman wrote:
>
>>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day
>>> during which we would not use internal email.

>>
>> One question: Why?

>
> To stop global warming? To lower gas prices?
>
> --
> Joe
> "Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us
> who do."
>



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naomi371 Absent Member.
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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

When we're expected to maintain service by responding to outside email, but
ignore each other's, I think it's just going to be more bother than it's
worth.


"Beth Cole" <eacole@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:VS1vj.3210$Ec7.2389@kovat.provo.novell.com...
> kgroneman wrote:
>> Mary Wood,
>>
>>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day
>>> during
>>> which we would not use internal email.

>>
>> One question: Why?

>
> It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
> very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the prime
> offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
> communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
> communication will get better.
>
> In some places it works. In others, it doesn't. It's very dependent on
> organizational culture and the willingness of people who are leashed to
> their email with always-communicating devices to turn them off and not
> accept email on the designated days. If they won't do it, no one else
> will, either.
>
> --
> Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
> nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain



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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

On Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:12:49 +0000, Mary Wood wrote:

> No "whys" were proffered, leaving those of us who don't make the decisions
> to yet again wonder, "WTF"?


Why This Friday?

--
Joe
"Those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do."

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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

kgroneman wrote:
> Mary Wood,
>
>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day during
>> which we would not use internal email.

>
> One question: Why?
>



Nostalgia!
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naomi371 Absent Member.
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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

It's going to be funny when one or more higher-up forgets, and sends me
email about I need to help with something, and gets no response. Or when
everyone does remember not to use email, and they all queue up at my door
with their fires that need putting out. Nothin' like a visual demonstration
of "in demand."

"Brad Averbeck" <red_zephrin@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1d7vj.3282$Ec7.2039@kovat.provo.novell.com...
> Beth Cole wrote:
>> kgroneman wrote:
>>
>>> Mary Wood,
>>>
>>>> The idea was being contemplated by senior management here - one day
>>>> during
>>>> which we would not use internal email.
>>>
>>>
>>> One question: Why?

>>
>>
>> It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
>> very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the prime
>> offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
>> communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
>> communication will get better.
>>
>> In some places it works. In others, it doesn't. It's very dependent on
>> organizational culture and the willingness of people who are leashed to
>> their email with always-communicating devices to turn them off and not
>> accept email on the designated days. If they won't do it, no one else
>> will, either.
>>

> The funny thing is, I still remember upper management telling me that they
> weren't going to use email when I first set it up. They wanted to talk to
> someone on the phone or face to face. Now they can't live without their
> blackberries. 🙂
>
> Brad



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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

You should send this to Shark Week and Dilbert. What a PHB idea. 🙂
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Mary Wood wrote:
>>> It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
>>> very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the prime
>>> offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
>>> communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
>>> communication will get better.


Are you allowed to keep notes on on-going communications to put in on
Monday? I know a lot of email conversations here span multiple days so
a gap would be a pain. Or you could just have a really quiet day not
dealing with things that started Monday-Thursday.

Kathryn Carruthers
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"Kathryn Carruthers" <kath.carruthers@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:z7ivj.3457$Ec7.2238@kovat.provo.novell.com...
> Mary Wood wrote:
>>>> It's something I've heard of before. The idea is that we've all gotten
>>>> very dependent on non-face-to-face communication, and email is the
>>>> prime offender. If you force face-to-face, or at least phone-based,
>>>> communication even just one day a week, the theory is that overall
>>>> communication will get better.

>
> Are you allowed to keep notes on on-going communications to put in on
> Monday? I know a lot of email conversations here span multiple days so a
> gap would be a pain. Or you could just have a really quiet day not
> dealing with things that started Monday-Thursday.


I don't know - it'll be interesting to hear what people think of the whole
thing and what bizarre contortions they have to go through to deal with the
new restriction.
For my part, I'm considering an auto-reply suggesting the sender come to my
office and "talk to the hand" directly. <eg>


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naomi371 Absent Member.
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Re: E-mail-Free Friday

Good idea - maybe I will!

Have you had a day or two now with no new snow? We have (hurray!). The
four-inch ice pack remains on many roads, however. I'm weary of the
extremely bumpy ride this produces! Feel like I should put on a full-body
ace bandage before setting out, just to keep it all from shaking apart.

"Mary Matthews" <mlm23NO@SPAMcalvin.edu> wrote in message
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> You should send this to Shark Week and Dilbert. What a PHB idea. 🙂



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