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August 15, 2012

Starting Thought: Straight from Your Inbox

describe the imageI’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

I can’t wait to read all of them!

--David Grossman


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