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Employer podcasts preferred over company-wide emails

Podcasts could be the answer to email fatigue as around half (47%) of employees said they would rather listen to one that receive a company-wide email.

Research from podcast provider uStudio found employees would prefer communication that could be consumed on demand, such as videos and podcasts.

The survey found 60% of employees only skim emails they receive from their employers, while only 35% admitted to reading their emails carefully.

Using internal podcasts would allow employees to consume important information while multitasking.  

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Almost three quarters (73%) said they would rather listen to a podcast than sit in an hour-long company meeting.

Stuart Templeton, head of UK at software company Slack, said that audio communication is playing a bigger role in the way companies interact with employees.

Speaking to HR magazine, he said: "In this work-from-anywhere world, businesses need to adopt a digital-first approach to work in order to maintain the flexibility, inclusivity and connection they need to be successful. This requires a digital HQ which supports all ways of working: synchronous and asynchronous, in-person and remote, structured and informal.

"Within that environment, and this next phase of work, audio has an increasingly important role to play particularly as people have looked to reduce the burden of being tied to video calls."

A survey of 1,000 workers conducted by email app Superhuman in April 2021 showed emails prove to be the biggest distraction for 30% of employees, while 89% said sorting through emails was the one of the worst parts about working remotely.

This led to more than a third (38%) saying that email fatigue would likely push them to quit their jobs.