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December 07, 2004
Employers Encourage More In-Person Communication

Some employers are putting restrictions on e-mail use to encourage employees to engage in more face-to-face communication, USA Today reports.

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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.

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