Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Email versus face-to-face

The local council, according to a report yesterday (for which I can unfortunately find no WWW URI), is discouraging its staff from sending internal emails in favour of walking down the corridor and conducting a face-to-face conversation. Not only is this good exercise for people in a sedentary job, but it also fosters better working relationships and exchange of useful information across departmental boundaries.

It also reduces the amount of hard information available for Freedom of Information requests and court hearings, but perhaps I am unduly cynical. ;-)


senn said...

walking is not something desk bound persons like to do

Anonymous said...

I would have thought Emails within the Council would be more "acceptable" than face to face conversations.

You can spy quiet easily on email conversations, much more difficult to gather evidence on verbal communications.

BTW did you see the Daily Mail this week quoting Chris Huhnes comments:

"The Government forgets that George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a blueprint. We are still a long way from living under the Stasi - but it beggars belief that it is necessary to spy on one in every 78 adults."

I wonder what the situation is in NPT County, how much spying goes on?

Possible FOI request there, methinks!