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CEO of Largest UK IT Company Encourages Employees to Abandon Email

CEO of the largest IT company in Europe instructed its employees to stop communicating with each other via email as it is no longer a tool of "appropriate" communication.

Thierry Breton, CEO at Atos, wants his employees to "abandon email all together within 18 months." In place of email, he wants to promote instant messaging as well as old fashioned, yet reliable, spoken words.

According to Wall Street Journal, the CEO himself has not sent any work related email in last three years.

And now, a former finance minister of France is also hoping to implement a similar rule and stated that, "It is not normal that some of our fellow employees spend hours in the evening dealing with their emails," as reported (opens in new tab) by Business Insider.

The former minister also added,"The email is no longer the appropriate (communication) tool."

As per a newspaper report only 11 percent of people in France between the ages of 11 to 19 use email as a communication tool.

CEO Breton believes that email is largely a waste of time and "only 10 percent of the average 200 messages received by each 74,000 employees every day are considered important."