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Employee Email Can Cost Companies Millions

  • Forbes, Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:42 AM

Employee email can cost companies millions of dollars a year, according to new research from Dr. Ian M. Paul, a pediatrician at Penn State College of Medicine. Paul tracked his emails for an entire academic year and found that he got 2,035 mass distribution emails: 1,501 from the medical center, 450 from his department and 84 from the university. He estimated that each message took about 30 seconds to read and calculated the cost of about $1,641 a year per doctor at his hospital. This added up to more than $1 million in lost time, since his hospital has 629 doctors on staff.

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