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Your Business Is Losing Hundreds of Hours to Spam Every Year


spamEveryone hates spam emails.

Having to clear spam from your inbox is a real productivity killer. A recent report found that your employees could lose up to 80 hours each year thanks to filtering and deleting spam emails.

That’s a LOT of lost productivity.

Between 45% and 85% of emails generated each day are spam emails. That percentage includes malicious emails and those hoping to infect you with malware. Although we don’t all receive the same number of emails daily, the hours lost to filtering them out adds up.

If one of your employees gets 30 external emails daily, they will get around 30 spam emails weekly. That would equal around 5 hours each year wasted sorting through and deleting them. An employee who gets up to 60 emails a day would have an average of 11 hours a year wasted. And for someone who gets more than 100 emails daily, you’re looking at around 80 hours of productivity lost to filtering emails each year.

Now add that up for each one of your team, and you could be looking at a big number. Not only that, but since a proportion of these emails will be phishing attempts (that’s where the sender wants you to take any action that will secretly give them access to sensitive data), it’s a big risk to your data security too.

Of course, you can do a few things to reduce the time spent dealing with spam emails. The first is to use the spam and junk email filters available from your email service. You may also consider bringing in dedicated anti-spam and anti-phishing tools. Finally, you can make your people aware of the risks of spam, how to spot these emails, and the best way to deal with it to save time and minimize the risk of malware or a data breach.

If that kind of training is something you’d like some help with, contact Wahaya IT today.

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.

June 17, 2022

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