Most Recent Articles on Email In The Workplace

Biggest Email Abuses and Bad Habits

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Dec 09, 2019

I’m working hard with both my young daughters to teach them good manners. I believe it’s a critical life skill and think the world would be a better place with a little more “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me,” among other phrases that portray kindness and an understanding and appreciation of others.

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How to Make Time for Family – Not Email – Over Your Holiday Break

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Like many of you, I’m starting to prepare for holiday break (away from work!), with my family. However, unlike many people, I’ll be disconnecting from work email during that time.

By now you may be familiar with my thoughts on checking email during vacation and even my Email-Free Vacation Pledge. But have you made the commitment to yourself yet?

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An (almost) email-free vacation. How did you do?

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Jan 15, 2019

My intention over the holidays was to spend quality time with my family and not to check email. I came very close.

A client issue came up, and my office texted me to check my email for the details, which was the plan for anything urgent.

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Take Your Holiday Vacation – and Don’t Check Workplace Email

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Dec 11, 2018

With the holiday season upon us, I know being able to disconnect from the office while on vacation is top of mind for many of us.

So as you’re thinking about how you’re going to make it totally clear in your out of office message that you’re not going to be checking email, consider a line from one of my favorite out of office messages I've received:

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7 Ways to Find More Time for Yourself In & Out of the Workplace

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 04, 2018

I’m not sure which comedian said: “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most!” While I wholeheartedly agree, I’m beginning to think that it’s time that I miss the most. Time is moving even faster than ever before, and it seems that I’m not alone – we all want some time back.

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Another Battle Over Workplace Email

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 26, 2018

New Yorkers would get a break from after-hours work emails under a bill introduced this month by a New York City Councilman.

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Lead By Example and Disconnect From Email on Vacation

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

With the holidays approaching, I’m getting ready to take a vacation—not just from work, but from email too. As many of you know, it's always a personal goal of mine when I take a vacation. 

Making the Commitment

Completely disconnecting from email on vacation is a commitment first made several years ago, and initially, it was a challenge. It was difficult to give myself permission to step away from work. But it gets a little easier each year, and now, I look forward to the time away from my computer.

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The Best Use of Email—Along with Dos and Don’ts That Can Improve Your Email Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 10, 2017

I appreciate technology as much as the next person, but I draw the line when it comes to inappropriate use of email. My email is exploding – literally. From unsolicited political or personal messages to the dreaded “reply all” on group communication, I’ve seen countless examples of blunders and misuse. I think we all have.

My family is finally sending those “laugh out loud” emails to my personal email, and I’m (slowly) training others when to include me in email chains and when not to. And while I’m the first one to value appreciative comments, I can pass on the “thanks” email that ends a chain.

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Kick Email to the Curb Over Spring Break

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 03, 2017

It’s about that time again. Spring Break is just around the corner for some and so are those potentially dreaded work emails while you’re supposed to be on vacation.  

Whether you’re jetting off with your kids, taking a break from college to hang out with friends, or sticking close to home and plan to catch up on your favorite Netflix series during your time off – everyone deserves the opportunity to disconnect from email.

So why not leave email at the office? Because it’s hard. Like many of you, I used to be glued to my phone while on vacation – but not anymore. As hard as it was to make the transition, I now disconnect 100%.

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When to Use Email (and When Not to)

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Email is a form of one-way communication, meaning it does not allow for an immediate exchange of ideas. If you plan to use email as your communication tool, consider its limitations and your strategy for getting feedback. Aside from using email as a logistics coordination tool, it’s best used as follow-up to meetings or conference calls to recap concepts, agreements and gain alignment between groups. 

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