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.


Atos Blog >> Zero email™


Smart Dashboard – The Business Enabler (2/3)

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 09:37 | Helene Marot

Every company function faces the challenge of using many different applications to perform either their job, either their side-job activities, as developed by Sven Geerts here. The tooling landscape became more complex in the last decade as every company department developed new applications to ease their processes.

In the long-run, this complexity has side-effects and sometimes opposite effects: frustration, boredom, loss of focus and waste of time. These are due to multiple facts: the understanding of the use of every tool is not clear; the assumption that these tools are user-friendly hints that training is not needed; the need to login multiple times and sometimes with different credentials which cause waste of time and loss of concentration for the end-user; etc.

As a member of the Juniors Group (Atos international young talents’ group), and of the Global Procurement organization … Continue reading ... [...]

Enterprise 2.0: time to reconciliate Lean & Social Collaboration

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 07:47 | François d'Anselme

From Controlling to Empowering.

Embracing a new way to improve processes & lead people to create a truly collaborative and engaged organization

In a previous blog article (Atos zero email enterprise cultural change beyond social collaboration ) I explained how a number of fundamental shifts in corporate cultures are required to take advantage of Social Collaboration and the increasing need for a new management style.

Here is another key cultural change to be considered : “From Controlling to Empowering”

As information flows faster, the pace of change is accelerating. Job descriptions, organizational structures, budgets, and processes are becoming obsolete faster than they can be updated. Since 1975, the number of jobs requiring non-routine work has increased by 50%. These trends are leading to increased pressure to exchange bureaucracy for trust – empowering more of the workforce to act autonomously, … Continue reading ... [...]

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