You get what you give

Posted by Dermot Crowley on 9th July 2018

I’m in the middle of an amazing holiday in Europe, with just a few work commitments needing my focus, including this blog.  Not too bad though – I’m writing this from sunny Dublin, with a good coffee in my hand!

One of the things I’ve noticed over the past few weeks is how few emails I have received while away. When checking my mailbox every couple of days, the volume of incoming mail has been much less than I would normally expect. After a mild panic attack and a test to make sure my email was working, I worked out why I was getting less emails. I was sending less!

Research suggests we receive three emails for every one we send. So, when you’re not actively generating outgoing email traffic, you reduce the response rates enormously.

So, if you’re struggling with a large volume of daily emails, maybe one solution is to use email less to communicate with your team and colleagues. Think carefully before forwarding information on, and maybe pick up the phone instead of shooting off an email.

Now, back to the heatwave in Ireland, and a pint of Guinness which I thoroughly deserve after writing this!

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