Some employers are putting restrictions on e-mail use to encourage employees
to engage in more face-to-face communication, USA Today reports.
U.S. Cellular has adopted a policy that forbids most e-mail on Fridays.
"It has been fantastic. It gives you an opportunity to be out in the field
and get face time with colleagues and customers," says Rene Parson, director
of sales in Nebraska.
The companies say e-mail restrictions help promote teambuilding by getting
people together for more in-person interaction, the newspaper reports.
"It's valuable from a team-building perspective," says Veritas Software
spokesperson Andrew McCarthy. "You can be furiously e-mailing someone even
as you're looking at the back of their head. This is really about trying to
get people to collaborate."
The newspaper notes that some employees welcome the restrictions because they
have become frustrated with e-mail, whether it's a deluge of unsolicited mail
or a co-worker who is slow to respond.