Emails have become a necessary evil in the workplace. I say evil because my inbox right now has 169 unread emails, which makes me quiver with anxiety. But that's nothing compared to some of my friends and colleagues. I've seen inboxes with 3,000+ unread emails!
No surprise, given that by next year, we will send nearly 250 billion emails to each other a day. That's about 33 emails each of us on Earth sends and receives every 24 hours. No wonder we're so burdened and overwhelmed.
With emails accounting for such a big part of our lives, it's incredible there aren't more guidelines on how to use this form of messaging. I've learned tricks and hacks from different people, but a lot of my experience comes from making humiliating mistakes on email. How often did I send personal correspondence on my work emails? A lot. How often did I fire off an emotional email, only to regret it the minute I hit "send?" More times than I'd like to admit.
Email etiquette is very important--it's an integral part of how you communicate and develop relationships with people. I decided one of the first things I'd ask our Radiate Experts for advice on is how they manage emails. Below are some of their--and my own--tips to avoid the most common email mistakes: