Workplace E-mail Overflow

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Many people have workplace e-mail accounts... and many of those accounts are overflowing.

Every day, billions of e-mails are sent in the business setting and it only seems to be getting bigger.

Business owner David Holland spends a few hours sending and receiving e-mails everyday.

"Every morning I come in and there's 20-to-30 e-mails. I go through and start deleting them. Throughout the day, I get easily a hundred or better," explained Holland, owner of Signature Signs Inc.

It's a far cry from the way his sign shop used to send information.

"Everything went out UPS, next day air and next day air envelope. It was $12 an order and some of those days I had six of those a night," he continued.

The number of e-mails sent worldwide has skyrocketed in the last seven years.

Back in 2000, only 15-billion e-mails were filling up inboxes.

Today it's nearly 100-billion e-mails.

White-collar workers are believed to receive as many as 140 e-mails a day.

"There's just so much information in this. What was going to be called the "paperless workplace," there's so much information that e-mail seems to be the conveyance we use," explained Dr. Bob Hatfield, Western Kentucky University's Master of Business Administration coordinator.

Hatfield said the explosion of e-mails at work can become time-consuming and distracting.

"You can get so much information that you don't know which thing to pay attention to. So you don't know if this thing is more important than the other thing and you don't have the time to get them all accomplished," Hatfield pointed out.

Holland said he mostly uses e-mail to set up and respond to requests for business.

100-percent of his promotions and picture proofs are sent through

Hatfield added that work inboxes are reaching a fever pitch and it's only going to get worse.

That means Holland will spend much more time clicking his mouse than ever.

To try to cut down on the number of e-mails being sent and received, some companies in America are calling for "E-mail Free" days.

These days would keep people from opening their e-mail at work or sending any out, so employees can be more productive on the clock.

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