Can you imagine a day without e-mail? One study shows the average worker checks their e-mail 74 times a day, but only six-percent of teens are using e-mail to communicate each day. In fact, more and more companies are trying to adopt the younger way of thinking leaving e-mail in the past, and leaning towards alternate ways of staying connected.
"Young people today have had unprecedented access to other services beyond just e-mail to communicate with each other," said Author and Productivity Expert Mark Hurst. "In business people are using tools to collaborate beyond just e-mail."
Software programs such as slack lets employees keep track of projects through real-time messaging and archives. Asana connects users to an open forum to follow each others tasks. Those are just a few options to pick from.
"And already large companies have adopted these very broad social media platforms that employees are using," said Professor, Dr. Gloria Mark. "And it's going to be adopted even more."
But Hurst said it maybe a while before we log out of our accounts for good.
"I like things like Google Docs and I think those are going to increase as teams naturally need to collaborate more in digital spaces," said Hurst. "On top of that, people are still going to have e-mail inboxes that they need to manage."
An interesting side note to Dr. Mark's studies: when e-mail was cut off, face to face contact between employees increase. It was also found that face-to-face contact led to improved moods in the workplace.