[Editor's note: As I mentioned last week, we're teaming up with Sanebox--the sine qua non of email prioritizers--to talk cures for the IT admin's email woes. Overload is everyone's favorite email gripe, but Dmitri Leonov, Sanebox's VP of Growth, argues that it's just the result of a much bigger issue.]

Email overload has become a hot topic lately. According to a recent study by McKinsey, an average employee spends 13 hours a week reading and responding to email. That's almost 30% of our time!  Companies are looking for ways to replace email with services like Yammer, or just turn it off.  Unfortunately email overload is not the problem. It’s the outcome of a much larger problem — there simply is more work, requiring communication with more people, faster.

Email is a perfectly good communication protocol, and it's not going to be replaced in the near future.  Think of email as the four wheels that get you around – they supported the Model T just as well as they support Tesla. The part that needs innovation is what’s on top of those four wheels — it’s how you process and act on information you receive. Luckily there are lots of companies developing innovative solutions on top of email, making it better and more useful for employees and entire organizations. 

We'll be reviewing some of our favorite email add-ons, including  SendIncDivideBox OneCloudAwayFindContactuallySendgridGander, and  Sanebox, during a hangout we're hosting Tuesday, September 18th, at 1PM EST/ 10AM PST. While we can only have 8 direct participants, we'll be broadcasting live, so everyone is welcome to follow along!

The event is posted here. You can also stay up-to-date by adding Sanebox and Riparian Data to your circles, and checking back with us Tuesday!