Tired of email overload? Try an internal social network

Why flood colleagues with unwanted email? Social networks make email less maddening and employees more productive.

Ah, the reply-all nightmare. You fire off an email to a group of coworkers, innocently seeking an answer to a question or input on a document.

Suddenly your in-box is flooded with clutter—along with essential information that gets lost in the round robin of replies.

Some companies like Nielsen are even close to abolishing “reply all” altogether to eliminate “bureaucracy and inefficiency,” reports Bloomberg.

Of course you can’t eliminate email, but you can create a Facebook-like internal social network to make email more efficient, and employees more productive. Enterprise social networks employees the chance to post questions and collaborate on projects without getting buried in floods of email.

A study this year by McKinsey Global Institute reported that social technologies improved internal communication and productivity by 20 to 25 percent.

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