This blog shares top tips on how to better manage workplace emails, leading to reduced stressed and improved productivity and communication.
By the end of 2020 over 300 billion emails were sent every day. Maybe some days you feel as though you’re on the receiving end of most of them. Psychologists warn that email is a significant stressor. It rears its head time
and time again in conversations about what stops people achieving goals and change.
Email requires thought and careful management to safeguard wellbeing and general quality of life. According to McKinsey, the average professional spends over a quarter of his or her time reading and answering email. Originally heralded as a huge timesaver, it’s a potential saboteur of productivity, proactivity and wellbeing.
Email addiction and, indeed, nomophobia (smartphone addiction), are a very real threat. The dopamine high of receiving a message causes people to seek out content stimulation. It’s already apparent that constantly and instantly responding to email and other electronic stimuli ‘trains’ people to take a reactive approach to work and other parts of their life. However, it’s essential that people are also able to switch between reactivity and proactivity i.e. take steps to anticipate the future, thinking about and actively influencing or controlling a situation rather than simply responding to it.
10 inbox busting tips:
Bonus tip: Make positivity a golden rule. If your proposed message is negative, talk instead for a better, kinder result. Never write when angry – keyboard warriors do untold damage; you can never take it back.
February 01, 2021