Why we must rethink communication at work

An organisational psychologist writing for The Conversation looks at how we need to rethink work communications based on how they’ve gotten completely out of control.

Kill email. That would be my first step. It puts all the pressure on the receiver and it’s too easy to steal time from others without a second thought.

Last year HR Magazine’s Reclaim Your Time survey found that 34% of employees check their email immediately after waking up and 38% do it every night just before they go to bed. A study by a UK cyber security consultancy found that two in ten office workers responded to work emails even after going to bed.

Email took root by accident in many cases. I don’t think many workplaces even know where to start to deal with what a time vampire it has become.