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Veritas Institutes E-mail Free Fridays
September 15, 2004

Jeremy Burton of Veritas Corporation has instituted an e-mail free Friday:
 
 
According to the article:
 
Two months ago, he decreed that Fridays in his department would henceforth be e-mail free. The 240 people who work for Mr. Burton got the word: If they wanted to get a message to a colleague in the department on a Friday, they'd have to pick up the phone and call him or her, or, better yet, go over and chat in person.
 
"E-mail is supposed to be this big productivity tool," Burton said. "But it's getting to the point where it is out of control."
 
The ban, he decided, would apply only to communications within the Veritas marketing department; people could continue to send Friday e-mails to other departments as well as the outside world. Violators would pay a $1 dollar fine for each proscribed e-mail they were caught sending, with the money going to charity.

The announcement of the ban was made, naturally, in an e-mail. (One, in fact, marked "High Importance.") "Now, this doesn't mean we can all goof off on Fridays," Mr. Burton wrote, presumably for the benefit of those workers for whom e-mailing had become synonymous with working.

 
 

 

 

 
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