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Nearly all of Coca-Cola's headquarters employees ditch voice mail

Nearly all of Coca-Cola's headquarters employees ditch voice mail
Coca-Cola recently offered employees the option of not accepting voice mail. Above, a former Coke bottling plant in downtown Los Angeles. (Christina House / For The Times)

Coca-Cola is cleaning up its in-boxes, but not the email kind.

All but 6% of employees at Coca-Cola's Atlanta headquarters and nearby technology plaza recently opted to shut off their landline voice-mail systems. The expectation is that without voice mail, employees will have one less thing to check in on. Many had already expressed a preference for doing away with it, the company said.

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The move is expected to save the company less than $100,000 annually.

"The main driver behind this project is not cost savings. It is changing the tools and methods in which we communicate as a company," spokeswoman Amanda Rosseter said in an emailed statement.

Alternative methods include email, texting, and calling cellphones.

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