E-Mail Ban at Atos

In case you missed the item, last week, Thierry Breton, the CEO of ATOS, an international company of some 70,000 employees, announced that he was to ban e-mails throughout the organisation within the next eighteen months.

Ignoring the speculative hype regarding the form that this might take and concentrating on the intent, you have to take a step back and think about the implications.

I sat at the weekend watching my two young sons who were smiling and laughing to themselves whilst on Facebook; the mobile beeped and one of them responded with what I presume was a txt. This scenario played itself out for an hour whilst at the back of my mind I was thinking about the e-mail ban at ATOS.

Eventually I asked “why do you not just pick up the phone to speak to them?” to which came the response “but I am Dad!”

So what do you think?

Over to you…

About Michael Carr

Specialising in Strategy, Systems and Organisational Design I've had a varied and rewarding career and been fortunate to work for some superb companies such as Courtaulds, Unipart International, Akzo Nobel and more recently Jaguar Landrover, all luminaries of a solid, disciplined and a conservative, though never lacking in innovation, approach to business management and development. Augmenting my career with studying for my MBA at Warwick in the early 90's has given me a balanced and I believe rich resource set to draw upon in my Consultancy Practice. My Clients have been good to me, tolerating my idiosyncrasies, giving me enough rope to go along the journey that I was taking them and hopefully in return I've been able to repay them by raising the bar and their business performance, giving them the results and achievements they were looking for. I really enjoy my work and love the challenge - isn't that what it's all about?
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