Did my father have e-mail? They had computer systems in the office, but not e-mail I think. Certainly no IM and no SharePoint. I’ll ask next time I see my folks.
True emergencies don’t come through e-mail. They come in person or they come with a phone call. Fake emergencies come through e-mail. The ‘drop everything and prepare a report for the boss’ type emergency.
Decisions don’t happen in e-mail, but often folks won’t acknowledge they’ve been made until they see the documented evidence in e-mail.
Everyone complains about the meetings in government, but they are far less the time suck than e-mail. It might take you the day to process 120 e-mails. To send out 60 replies, to file the rest. At the end of a day of meeting you might have contributed to the overall project. A new issue might have come up.
At the end of the day of e-mails you just feel empty.
Would it be possible to do the job and just ignore all the e-mails? No one needed them before the 90s – except some specialized IT shops.
I’d be willing to give it a shot.