Zero email™

A move to Zero email™ addresses the challenges organisations face as a result of the continuing explosion in data. Atos' aim is to reduce internal emails between Atos employees by using improved communication applications as well as new collaboration and social media tools. We believe that email is on the way out as the best way to run a company and do business.

“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives. At Atos we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organisations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”
Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO

Information Overload – The Facts


The volume of emails we send and receive is unsustainable for business. It is estimated that managers spend between 5 and 20 hours a week just reading and writing emails. Furthermore, they are already using social media networking more and spend around 25 per cent of their time searching for information.


  • By 2013, more than half of all new digital content will be the result of updates to, and editing of existing information
  • Online social networking is now more popular than email and search
  • Middle managers spend more than 25% of their time searching for information
  • In 2010 Corporate users received some 200 mails per day, 18% of which were spam

Ensuring Well Being at Work


The focus of Atos is to adopt innovative social business solutions in the workplace to bridge the “social business” gap. Built on collaborative technology these solutions provide a more personal, more immediate and importantly more cost effective means to manage and share information that supports the way of working in the 21st century and enables the Smart Organisation.

In line with its Well Being at Work Programme launched in 2009 to support its goal of being one of the best places to work, it has implemented a number of initiatives to improve communication and information sharing across its organisation.

For example, it is encouraging the use of tools such as Office Communicator and has set up social community platforms to share and keep track of ideas on subjects from innovation and Lean Management through to sales. Initial feedback is that these types of tools reduce email by between 10 and 20% immediately.


Zero email™ starts with you. Please join us in our journey.


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