I’ve spent the last few months tackling email use and abuse in the workplace, and normally after so much time, I’d be ready to move on to a new topic. But email isn’t just any old topic. It’s one that’s struck a chord—and a nerve—and every time I think we all might be starting to rein in the email beast, I talk to people who point out that things haven’t changed much…if at all.
Because of this need, I’m currently at work on a definitive guide to email in the workplace, and while I can inform on strategies and tactics, I’m looking to all of you to share the stories and experiences that add color, example and, yes, maybe even leave readers a little a speechless.
Here is what I’m hoping you’ll share:
- Specific emails that are truly egregious. I’ll protect the innocent (and the guilty!), so that you can share your examples of the worst email(s) you’ve ever received.
- Your email questions. Have a boss who chronically sends urgent emails at 3 a.m.? A team member who sends emails that are riddled with grammatical mistakes? A co-worker who forwards work-inappropriate chains? Ask your question, and if it has a place in the guide, I’ll include it, along with my advice on how to handle it.
I won’t share any of your personal information without your approval, and if you’d prefer to share your story or question anonymously, that’s fine. Send your submissions to BadEmails@yourthoughtpartner.com.
I can’t wait to read all of them!