Here is a quote from a Corante case study at a pharmaceutical company about email compared with other technologies:
"Email is getting out of hand and people use it in suboptimal ways. They
write back and forth, sending documents over and over again, with the end
result that nobody knows whether they are working on the correct version of
a document and everyone has lost track of where they stand and what the
last resolution was on a particular issue on a particular discussion point.
"It has come to the point where individuals are receiving anything up to 200
emails a day, yet a lot of it is just copies of content that is of absolutely no
interest whatsoever to them. It's becoming counterproductive and it's not an
appropriate medium for many types of communication, so we need to find a
way of replacing email. Clearly blogs and collaborative platforms are two key
ways of doing that."
As knowledge workers, accountants are constantly wrestling with email. Since using blog technology, my reliance on email has plummeted. Where I am involved in collaborative projects, this medium along with others like wiki has cranked up my productivity by an order of mangnitude.
So now we have a medium we can fruitfully use internally to improve productivity and, along the way, get to know one another better. Not a bad idea?