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Company goes email-free in bid to de-stress employees. Sounds like heaven...

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Harriet Hall
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There's nothing more defeating, than returning to your desk after lunch to find a hundred new emails. 

So in a bid to lower stress levels of employees, an Italian company is asking its staff not to send any internal emails for a week.

The company, Gabel, based in the Como region of northern Italy is a home textiles firm. They commissioned an expert to conduct interviews of all its employees to pinpoint exactly what their main stresses and concerns were.

Published in the local paper, the results revealed that most staff members felt that tackling the barrage of internal emails was their primary bugbear.

Gabel’s response was to implement a week-long ban on internal emails.

“Together we will begin the following experiment,” writes managing director Emilio Colombo, in an email (the final one, we imagine), “which will take us back in time to when people talked more”. (Remember those days? No, us neither.)

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Could banning internal emails encourage us to interact more with our colleagues?

Speaking to the BBC, Michele Moltrasio, president of Gabel, says that employees have welcomed the trial this week.

“They are rediscovering the pleasure of meeting and talking rather than writing,” he says.

The move comes hot on the heels of research, released this week by Dutch researchers, which found that that a week away from Facebook could lead to a happier and more fulfilled life.

So, after years of developing the digital world and reaping the benefits in our professional and personal lives, we have all decided we’d rather return to the days of parchment and quill…