Employees are wasting around an hour a day on managing and writing unnecessary emails, according to new research.
Analyst Gartner said that a survey of employee email and instant messaging habits showed that 24 per cent of staff spent more than an hour sorting email, while the average was 49 minutes.
Some 34 per cent of email was deemed to be irrelevant, and only 27 per cent of email received demanded users' immediate attention.
Maurene Caplan Grey, a senior analyst at Gartner, commented: "In reality, [employees] are cluttering email in-boxes, filling up servers and sapping productivity with the volume of these messages."
"In a slowing economy, where businesses are looking for ways to cut costs and increase productivity, simply cutting out unnecessary email will have an immediate impact," she added.
Gartner recommends managers train users to use email more efficiently, use distribution lists with caution, and explore using instant messaging or chat rooms for employees working in teams.
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