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UK Employees to Face Enormous Spam After Christmas Holidays

Expert Messaging, a consultant for workplace communications, recently conducted a research in which it revealed that the UK employees are going to encounter a 'Spamalanche' (an uncontrolled influx of spam mails) together with irrelevant messages into their mailbox when they would be back to work after the Christmas.

According to the investigators at Expert Messaging, a typical inbox is likely to contain around 450-3,000 e-mail messages that would require to be managed.

Moreover, after surveying 3,650 trainees from 150 UK private and public sector organizations for 18 months, the study found that 70% of these e-mails were expected to be spam or unwanted messages.

However, Bob Hallewell, Founder of Expert Messaging, cautioned organizations against adopting any arbitrary approach to deal with the forthcoming accumulation of e-mail, as reported by ITPro on December 29, 2008.

Hallewell said that many people might go for the 'delete all' option when they get back to the workplace, but that is also a high risk approach. Although this approach brings a physic pleasure, yet there is a risk of deleting some critical information, he explained.

Hallewell further said that the fight against spam was a long-standing battle everyone is facing with respect to e-mail interactions. It occupied the central place of the current advanced workplace and everyone spent too much time every day dealing with it. Hallewell said that ironically, very few people or none at all had ever received any training on the effective way to use e-mails. According to him, the situation gets highlighted during occasions like the Christmas when people return to face a saturated inbox; consequently, spending long time in thinking deeply without being able to decide how the messages could be managed, as reported by SourceWire on December 28, 2008.

Meanwhile, the security specialists talk about some guiding rules that are useful in managing e-mails. These include arranging e-mails subject wise that would quickly help to recognize the spam messages.

Also, a recent poll by Hotels.com revealed that 71% of staff that would be in their offices after the Christmas holidays might spend as much as two hours over a 3-days period, "cyber skiving" as well as managing spam.

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