The U.S. Cellular company has instituted a no-email rule every Friday (except customer email):
Tired of "cyber indigestion," U.S. Cellular Vice President Jay Ellison instituted the policy company-wide last year in an effort to curb out-of-control emailing and encourage face-to-face or at least voice-to-voice communication. [Director of sales Jodi] Valenta notes that Fridays are often her most productive days because of the policy. "It's really great. I can go out of the office on Friday and spend my time visiting associates across Iowa and not worry about my email backing up," she said.While it's nice to see a company acknowledge and do something about email overload, it seems a more comprehensive effort to get workers to use email well every day of the week might be a better approach.