No e-mail Friday replaces dress-down day

Confectioner Nestl‚ Rowntree last week became the first company to ban e-mail communication on a Friday, and National Lottery...

Confectioner Nestl‚ Rowntree last week became the first company to ban e-mail communication on a Friday, and National Lottery operator Camelot said it will follow suit with a "no e-mail day" later this month.

Daniel Thomas

A technology version of "dress down Friday", where employees ditch their suits in favour of open-necked shirts and jeans, the no e-mail Friday is an experiment to see if employees are more productive when forced to interact face to face.

The move results from fears that the creativity of office staff is being stifled by sitting in front of a computer screen all day.

If these initiatives establish a trend, IT departments may be spared from e-mail support on particular day, allowing vital maintenance without the need to work unsociable hours.

daniel.thomas@rbi.co.uk

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