John Caudwell, CEO of High Street mobile retailer Phones 4U, announced Thursday that he'll ban all employees from using e-mail across the business.
The reasoning behind the total ban is apparently to improve productivity by reducing the time Phones 4U employees spend unnecessarily on e-mail--which Caudwell estimates will save the company around $1.6 million (1 million British pounds) a month.
The ban will apply to Phones 4U's roughly 2,500 employees who Caudwell believes will find themselves withon their hands. He said he introduced the "no e-mail policy" after seeing staff becoming chained to their computers, rather than talking to colleagues or customers in person.
"I saw that e-mail was insidiously invading Phones 4U, so I banned it immediately," Caudwell said in a statement. "Phones 4U staff have been told to get off the keyboards, get face-to-face or on to the phone to colleagues. The quality and efficiency of communication have been increased tremendously in one fell swoop; things are getting done; people aren't tied to their PCs," the CEO said.
Silicon.com's Jo Bestreported from London.