A 2011 report found that most employees spend half their time at work on email.
We're not even talking about business critical electronic transmissions either. Twitter notifications, Facebook updates, meeting requests, countless newsletters that never get read, pleas from Nigerian royalty and requests from mom to come over and fix the printer are all packed into your bloated inbox. All the good stuff, the stuff you need to get done - that gets buried.
Inbox zero? Please. The best us mere mortals can hope to achieve is email bankruptcy. That's when you throw up your hands, ditch all your unread messages and start over. Having a button to defer it all to "later" doesn't count either. But why pursue all or nothing? How about trying to manage your inbox.
Email does not have to be all things. It's strength may lie in its ubiquity but that doesn't mean it's the best tool to handle everything you throw at it.
No one is proposing we replace email. We just want to get documents done by getting them out of email.
Having documents in a separate repository like Shinydocs means you can maintain a laser focus on those documents that need to get done. Files get processed through many hands quickly in an environment that offers greater security than email.
We get it. Change is hard even when the status quo sucks, but we're losing valuable time here. Communication tools should be there for our benefit - not for the benefit of others trying to rob us of our time. Get work done.