British workers get 1,728 pointless emails a year

16 January 2015

email Some 'according to new research' news now, and according to new research, the average British worker receives 1,728 pointless emails every year.

Is that all?

Such things as 'organising a whip around', 'please sponsor me' and 'happy birthday' topped the list of irritating messages, as well as stuff like 'the printer has broken' and such mundane rubbish like that apparently sends people hammering the delete button.

A third of the 2,000 office workers polled went on to say that they have someone in their team who is known for sending pointless emails, and would like them killed.

The poll by headphone giant Sennheiser Communications found emails about fire drills, Secret Santa and milk shortages were also viewed as futile by workers, and that round robin affairs where everyone is cc'ed into them drive workers up the wall too.

53% of those polled said they wish everyone picked the phone up and spoke more to one another, rather than clogging up inboxes with wasted emails. Which is cobblers really, as you ignore calls just as much as emails.

Charlotte Gaskin, Marketing Manager at Sennheiser Communications, said: "We are used to firing off emails for even the slightest thing."

"But it seems like some of the more mundane requests can be avoided. Copying in lots of people to emails does seem to be a bugbear of British workers. Sometimes it's more effective to have a face to face conversation or just pick up the phone. This way there's less room for misinterpretation as well."

Shall we look at what are deemed pointless emails? Well, you're here now:

Please sponsor me
Happy birthday
Introducing new starters
The printer has broken down
There is going to be a fire alarm
Secret Santa
Congratulatory emails about 'a job well done'
Can everyone chip in for a whip around please
Someone's car has left their lights on
Debates over the temperature of the aircon
Sweepstake for the lottery
Sweepstake for the Grand National
The toilet is blocked
Food has gone missing from the fridge
The fridge needs cleaning
Whose photocopying is left on the photocopier
Ran out of milk
Has anyone seen my building pass?
Someone is blocking me in the car park
Someone has stolen my stapler / calculator / etc.
Whose turn is it to make tea?
There aren't any tea bags / coffee left
Someone has stolen my mug
Someone has used their favourite mug
The bins need emptying
Dishwasher needs empting
There isn't any toilet roll left
Anyone got the keys to the pool car?

Charlotte Gaskin concluded: "It's clear many people tend to hide behind emails, rather than have a telephone call. But phone calls don't leave room for error and making a call is usually easier than writing an email, especially with the wide range of professional headsets we offer, which mean your voice can be heard in HD sound clarity."

(Oh, here we go, here comes the sell)

"Headsets allow you to be hands free and multitask to allow for even the most hectic of working days. You're also far more likely to resolve an issue quickly and correctly. Perhaps it's time we all started using our voices a little more often."

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