So much for ‘face-time.’ Bosses prefer e-mail


Sure, they say they have an open-door policy. Some even work in cubicles, just like everyone else in the firm. But don’t let the optics fool you.

Two-thirds of executives prefer e-mail to other forms of communication with employees, according to a survey released Thursday.

Staffing agency OfficeTeam, which routinely conducts surveys on water-cooler issues in the workplace, found that 65 per cent of the 150 senior executives it contacted would rather communicate by e-mail, up from 34 per cent in 1997.

Only 31 per cent said they preferred face-to-face meetings at work, down from 44 per cent a decade ago.

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