Nov 28, 2008

E-mail overload: Epidemic at workplace?

In average, employees spend over 40% of their time managing email. Nearly half of that time is lost, it is unproductive. So, inappropriate use of email in the workplace severely affect the profitability of businesses, both as professional reputation.

Most of the unproductive habits with e-mail management are due to a lack of global perspective on the various issues related to written communication, above and beyond language use or the mastery of technological resources.

According to a report published by Cisco Systems in September 2006, "The Psychology of Effective Business Communications in Geographically Dispersed Teams", e-mail users can spend 4 times more to exchange the same number of messages compared to when they communicate face-to-face.

In the present depressed economic situation, companies face a financial challenge: Managment of e-mail. What can you do?

Nov 25, 2008

Websites time wasters plaguing workplace productivity

According to, a company focused on safety products, there are 10 kind of websites that currently diminish employee productivity at the workplace. The listing demonstrates the diverse range of online distractions at workplace that tempt workers from 9 to 5:

• Social wetworking sites, as or Facebook, amomg others (over 170 million people are active users).

• Online videos sites, as YouTube or Google Videos (over 100 million YouTube videos are watched each day).

• Adult sites with sexually-explicit content.

• Shopping sites (70% of all online purchases occur between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm).

• Vacation planning sites, as a stress reliever or because of job dissatisfaction, they remains a top pastime at work.

• Job searches, as, and

• News and blogs, as,, and

• Online auctions in sites such as eBay, uBid, and

• Online games, as,,, and

• Gambling sites (60% of all U.S. adults have gambled in the past year).

What time waster website do you prefer?

Nov 18, 2008

What does deteriorate senders reputation?

Wether senders send e-mails very frequently, recipients might feel that they are being inconsiderate towards them an the work they are doing at the time. Therefore, they “charge extra” by not paying attention to those messages.

Remember also that senders positioned as people that permanently send chains, jokes, accusations, or messages to cover their backs and/or justify themselves also have a high cost in the attention of recipients, and they are also perceived as inconsiderate.

In the long run, these practices only deteriorate the reputation of senders, and recipients end up thinking that it isn’t worth investing time in those messages, erasing them without reading them.

Some people write messages that are extremely dense and difficult to understand, and it is difficult for their recipients to pay attention to those messages. These are the cases where the recipient got more work, having to phone sender to get the message quicklier, and saving time “digesting” the information.

Nov 11, 2008

Americans employee with an email account: 81%

Among those who are employed, 96% are in some way making use of new communications technologies- either by going online, using email or owning a cell phone. This group includes employed respondents who are either internet users (86%), have a cell phone (89%) or an email account (81%). Additionally, some 73% of workers use all three basic tools of the information age: they use the internet, have an email account, and have a cell phone, according to Pew Internet Project.

Nov 7, 2008

Internet traffic from search engines in October

Search engines continue to be the primary way Internet users navigate to key industry categories. According to Hitwise, traffic from Google and other search engines to specific Web categories in October 2008 is as follow:
Health and Medical: 44.92%
Travel: 35.71%
Online Video: 31.83%
Shopping and Classifieds: 25.14%
Entertainment: 23.57%
News and Media: 20.90%
Business and Finance: 18.61%
Social Networking: 18.61%
Sports: 12.01%
Through relationships with ISPs around the world, Hitwise captures the online usage, search and conversion behavior of 25 million Internet users.