Real-time Communication Tools to Surpass Email, Survey Finds

Email may soon be outdated, a new Robert Half Technology survey suggests. Fifty-four percent of chief information officers interviewed recently said real-time workplace communication tools – like instant messaging, microblogging, forums and document collaboration and management – will surpass traditional email in popularity within the next five years.

“Although email remains an important communication tool, the increased use of real-time technologies affects the IT environment,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Employers are looking for the right people to deploy these tools in new ways to increase efficiency. IT professionals should consider the importance of keeping current with real-time technologies in order to stay competitive in the job market.”

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology (IT) professionals on a project and full-time basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.

For more information on the survey and three benefits a transition to real-time tools could have on your staffing firm, click here.

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