WOODSTOCK, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GBS, a leading provider of solutions and services for IBM and Microsoft collaboration platforms, today announced the launch of FewClix for Outlook, a revolutionary email productivity tool for Microsoft Outlook that is transforming the way users interact with email.
Reinforcing the fact that email is overwhelming to most Americans, the company concurrently released findings of its FewClix “Email Time Suck” Survey. The survey, which included 1,018 respondents ages 18 and over, explores the pervasive nature of email and the impact it is having on the lives of Americans.
Key survey findings include:
- Email and eating? The time we spend is about the same. It is a fact that email is eating into our personal time: Nine in 10 (92%) spend an average of 90 minutes every day on email, roughly the same amount of time they spend eating (93 minutes) and more than double the amount of time they spend exercising (41 minutes).
- We can’t get email out of our minds. Two in five (40%) admit that email is the first thing they think about in the morning, and that they have also thought about email while on vacation (35%), using the bathroom (26%), in the shower (18%) and even while in bed with someone (9%).
- What comes between you and the ones you love? Email! Approximately 31 million Americans (13%) believe that technology destroys work/life balance, while nearly one in five (19%) say that the more they use technology, the more disconnected they feel from the people in their lives.
- As email in the inbox increases, so do our stress levels. One in six (16%) feel a direct correlation between the number of emails in their inbox and their daily stress levels. The same percentage feels that sorting through emails decreases their productivity.
- The worst chore? Inbox organization! Most would rather do laundry (38%), pay their bills (23%), even take a math test (9%) than organize their inbox.
- One less hour of email makes for a more positive life. If email users could spend one less hour per day on email, they would use that time to be with loved ones (33%), relax (28%), sleep (10%) or actually get work done (9%).
“The results are in and people are telling us that they are spending more time than ever meeting the demands of technology, sacrificing their personal time and relationships in the process,” said Ravin Carr, Chief Commercial Officer, GBS. “In response to this major quality of life challenge, we created FewClix for Outlook to help people step away from their email and live fuller lives.”
Tackling the email overload issue head on, FewClix for Outlook saves users up to 30 minutes every day by helping them entirely eliminate or reduce tasks belonging to the “email time suck” category – such as searching, prioritizing and organizing emails. FewClix, which integrates directly into Microsoft Outlook and displays results in Outlook’s native view, is groundbreaking in three key ways:
- Powerful Search: FewClix enables Outlook users to find emails with unbelievable ease and reliability. Users can find any message in their inbox using simultaneous combinations of multiple search options, narrowing down hundreds or even thousands of messages to the one that they need, in seconds.
- Prioritization: FewClix helps users cut through the clutter in their inboxes, instantly isolating those messages that require attention.
- Personalization: FewClix’ “My Searches” feature enables users to personalize their inbox based on their own email usage patterns and organize it effortlessly, without using folders.
FewClix for Outlook is currently available in two variants:
- FewClix Personal Edition (Search only): Free
- FewClix PRO (Search, Prioritization and Personalization): $2.99 annually
For more information, or to download FewClix for Outlook, please visit: www.fewclix.com
About the FewClix “Email Time Suck” Survey
The FewClix “Email Time Suck” Survey was conducted by Kelton Global between February 3rd and February 10th, among 1,018 nationally-representative Americans ages 18 and over, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the entire U.S. population ages 18 and over. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all personas in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.
About FewClix for Outlook
Created by GBS, FewClix for Outlook is a revolutionary email productivity tool for Microsoft Outlook that helps users perform key tasks – such as searching, prioritizing and organizing emails – faster and more efficiently. The technology, which integrates directly into Microsoft Outlook and displays results in Outlook’s native view, combines Powerful Search, Prioritization and Personalization to save users up to 30 minutes every day. For more information, please visit www.fewclix.com. To learn more about how consumers can end the #EmailTimeSuck, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fewclix and Twitter: @FewClix
GBS Enterprises is a leading provider of solutions and services for IBM and Microsoft collaboration platforms. GBS enables customers accelerate and simplify collaboration and work through its in-depth knowledge of collaboration technologies and a wealth of experience. More than 5,000 customers and 4 million users worldwide trust GBS’ expertise. The company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. The North American headquarters is based in Woodstock, GA and the European headquarters is located in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information, please visit: www.gbs.com.