When I read this one, I had to wonder if April 1 had come early.
But it’s true. Nielsen’s CIO sent a memo alerting all Nielsen employees that that they “Reply to All” feature from Microsoft Outlook, their corporate email client.
Oh, the irony if the memo had been an email.
Reading this reminded me of a parent taking away a toy after the inevitable eye poke. Or the classic line about driving being a privilege, not a right.
Anyway, this happens on the heels of similar action taken by the State Department to curb zombie reply-alls. The topic of reply-alls is quickly becoming my one of my favorite distractions. It happens a lot, and when it does, it really gets people going. You can almost feel the pent up rage on the other side of the ‘tubes, pounding away at the keyboard.
I haven’t changed my opinion on the whole thing; I find these reply-all stories very amusing, since I do not share the level of annoyance that most feel for them. Like junk mail, email spam and telemarketing calls, reply-alls fail to annoy me, which is saying a lot for me.
I’m really surprised at how much effort and time goes into fixing the reply-all problem. Maybe other places are different, but I don’t feel like I lose any productivity because of a few extra emails in my inbox. But, different strokes for different folks I guess.
Aside from the policy, the IT aspects of removing a button from Outlook for all of your users sounded tricky. But I dug around a bit and apparently, you can do this type of thing in Outlook. I don’t use Outlook and never will. So, there’s no obvious fail here.
What’s your take? Do you feel like reply-alls ruin your productivity? Any general thoughts you’d like to add?
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