For those of us who haven't spoken face-to-face with the guy two cubicles down in months, the BBC reports a growing trend of no-email days. Shutting down the inbox, which some workers are found to check 30-40 times hourly, is seen as a way to improve communication and decrease interruptions. An average worker sends 37 emails per day, expected to be 47 next year.
One firm that banned email on Fridays reports improved teamwork, customer satisfaction, and quicker problem solving. And experts say that some people feel owned by their inbox: "Some people had a very relaxed attitude to it while others felt they had to respond immediately to every e-mail," said a researcher. Writing this summary required three email checks.