A new study by Nucleus Research says that spam costs US companies $874 per employee per year.
Other details, according to an IDG News report:
* Companies lose approximately 1.4 percent of each employee's productivity each year due to spam.
* The average employee receives 13.3 spam messages each day.
* Employees spend, on average, 6.5 minutes per day managing spam.
The actual report, online here, doesn't factor in time wasted reading stories about spam, an activity that must jack the total cost of spam up by a nickel or two.
The report also suggests that legal fixes will prove more effective over the long haul than technological ones. Given that we'll have to pry the "send" keys from the cold dead hands of the penis-enlargement and MILF hucksters, that seems pretty unlikely.