I am interested in feedback on a product idea. The concept is to add postage to internal email. Every employee would be assigned a postage rate which represents the cost to send them an email. Every employee would be provided a daily allowance which they use to spen on email postage. Unused daily balances would accumulate. As employees realize that their email budget is fixed, they alter their behavior to conserve their balance for higher value email.
It seems there are two approaches to managing email; 1) Change the behavior of the sender 2) Change the behavior of the recipient.
The Getting Things Done approach accepts the email volume as a given and teaches the recipient to adjust their behavior to manage the volume more efficiently. There are also tools like email rules in Outlook or various plug-ins which auto file the email. These two tools leave the volume alone, but help the recipient be more organized.
The other approach is to encourage others to send each of us less email. Approaches include email etiquette training or the no-email-Friday approach that has been written up in the WSJ and Business Week.
The email postage concept falls into the "Change the behavior of the sender category." What do members of the forum think?