Managing E-mail on the Job: Advice from a Recent Graduate

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 16:14 by givler

Matt Haines ’09 works as an economist in Philadelphia, PA.  He responded to the recent follow-up survey of graduates with a suggestion for conducting some training on the proper e-mail use in the workplace. I decided to take Matt up on his idea and concluded the Simply Impressive 11:11 Series last week with e-Etiquette: Critical mistakes can happen with the click of a mouse.  You may have missed the program, but be sure to read this timely advice from him… 

Among the interruptions at work that can ruin your chances for good time management, e-mail is one of the top distractions. E-mail has blossomed as the main medium of communication in the workplace (for good reasons), but oftentimes it can slow things down if not managed efficiently and effectively. As a college graduate that has spent the last four (or more) years perfecting procrastination, it is easy to become consumed in your e-mail instead of focusing on critical work tasks. While e-mail communication is very important in the workplace, the ability to manage it (instead of it managing you) is even more important. There are some strategies that an entry-level employee can take to optimize learning in a new environment, stay informed via e-mail communication, and perform his/her job efficiently and effectively.  Read more advice from Matt Haines...