67 Percent of Workers Say They Receive Too Many Emails

Email is the preferred mode of communication for about 82% of workers, but in spite of the fact that this is the case many workers are reporting feeling burned out due to the massive quantity of emails that they receive each day. A new report from Gated showed that 62% felt like they could not focus on their work due to the distractions posed by a constant inflow of emails to their inbox, with around half strongly agreeing with this sentiment.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that 82% of workers who responded to this survey also said that they ended up missing a few important emails because their inboxes were cluttered. That is unsurprising considering that the average worker receives 87 emails on a daily basis in their work accounts. By comparison, they will likely only receive around 42 emails in their personal inbox which might make managing their work emails harder than might have been the case otherwise.

Workers are not entirely against having active email inboxes, with 77% claiming that cold emails have helped them learn new things in the past. However, 73% also said that they are receiving a few too many emails, and that might overwhelm them and lead to something known as email bankruptcy in which workers might delete their entire inboxes without going through them first. 30% of workers have already reported avoiding their inboxes or just not checking them every day like they used to, and if this trend grows the benefits of cold emails and the necessary oversight of work emails might not come to fruition.

74% of workers in this survey said that they feel guilty if they do not respond to emails, but considering that 37% of the emails they receive are not all that valuable. Around 50% of these workers spend one to two hours a day just checking their inbox, and that can eat away at their productivity by leaving fewer hours for actual work. An email filter might benefit workers who are suffering from email bankruptcy.

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