- Your company could save Β£4,200 of lost productivity per employee per year
- You could gain an extra hour a day, reduce email overload and stress
If you are already failing in your new yearβs resolution to stay on top of your email this year, you are not alone. January 16 or βBlue Mondayβ has been named the most depressing day of the new year as its when many of us give up on our recently made resolutions. But if you join in the 5th International βClean out Your Inbox Weekβ from 23-27 January you can get yourself back on track. With a little bit of βmedicineβ from email Doctor, Monica Seeley and fellow international email management expert, Marsha Egan, you can cure yourself of email addiction and make yourself and your organisation more productive and happier.
They point out that thereβs a huge financial incentive for firms to confront email overload . One major Fortune 500 company recently estimated that information overload impacts its bottom line by about $1 billion per year. This is why author of Brilliant Email, Dr Monica Seeley and Marsha Egan, author of Inbox Detox, are again challenging businesses and individuals throughout the world to βclean out their inboxesβ. Their goal is to provide business leaders with the tools and incentive to change business email culture to enable them and their colleagues to make 2012 the year they really combat email overload.
βMost of us need less than half the email we receive. This costs us and our organisations dearly in terms of stress and time as on average, one hour, per person is lost every working day through ineffective use of email. Thatβs about Β£4,200 of lost productivity per person, per year, at an average hourly cost of Β£20 β thatβs a substantial and unnecessary business overhead in the current economic climate,β states Monica.
In the UK and Europe, businesses and individuals can join in and get a daily dose of helpful tips and hints to slim their inboxes by reading daily postings on Dr Seeleyβs blog http://twitter.com/EmailDoctor. Monica and Marsha will also hold two live βsurgeriesβ via Twitter Tweet Chats from 6.00-7.00 pm on January 23 and January 25 providing instant prescriptions to treat and clean up inboxes. (#emptyinboxchat).
Research companies estimate that worldwide we received 2.8 million emails per second in 2010. Globally thatβs about 72 emails per person per day. In the UK Monicaβs own data indicates that nearly half of us regularly receive over 50-70 emails per day and some receive over 180. So although social media is now the communications channel of choice for many of our social interactions, in business, the numbers show that email is not going away anytime soon.
So companies of every kind are now seeking ways to help their workers deal better with being bombarded with information at all hours of the day via e-mail, instant messages and social media. For example Volkswagen has imposed a total block on email being pushed to workers Blackberrys in the evening.
βAlthough, this is a step in the right direction it is a bit like taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut. Responsible business leaders need to educate employees to use email in a more manageable and responsible way. This includes better planning about what response you require and by when. Unrealistic email response times* create huge pressure and workplace stress which can lead to errors and lack of governance.β Comments Dr Monica Seeley (*Recent Mesmo research shows that today two thirds of us expect a response to an email within hours whereas a few years ago it was a few days or even a week. See: http://www.mesmo.co.uk/news.aspx)
So banish Blue Monday and email overload by resolving to work smarter, not harder. Step One, participate in βClean Out Your Inboxβ week. Take a daily dose of email βmedicineβ in the form of helpful tips and hints to slim your inbox. These will be posted each day on Dr Seeleyβs blog at http://twitter.com/EmailDoctor Step Two log on to Monica Seeley and Marsha Eganβs online βsurgeriesβ live on Tweet Chat between 6.00 and 7.00 pm on January 23 and January 25. Just like instant messaging, anyone can log in to ask a question or βconsultβ with these top experts and they will receive an instant treatment for their email ailment. Thereβs no guarantee you will be completely cured, but the treatment will make you and your organisation more productive, happier and with practise you can achieve the goal of an βEmpty Inboxβ. To join the Live Tweet Chat all you need is a Twitter account. Log on at http://tweetchat.com/room and then in the box where it is says βenter hash tag to followβ; enter #emptyinboxchat.
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For further information please contact: Lorna Campbell, PR Consultant to Mesmo T: 07836 625999, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Monica Seeley T: 01202 434340, Email: email@example.com or www.mesmo.co.uk
About Dr Monica Seeley/Mesmo Consultancy/EmailDoctor: She is Managing Partner of Mesmo Consultancy and an international expert on email management. A Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University, speaker and columnist, her third book βBrilliant Emailβ was published by Pearson in 2011. You can follow her daily tips and hints on Twitter
About Marsha Egan/ InboxDetox, CPCU, PCC, ICF-Certified Coach: CEO of Inbox Detox, she is an internationally recognized workplace productivity expert and speaker. Named one of Pennsylvaniaβs Top 50 Women in Business, her acclaimed β12 Step Program for E-Mail E-ddictionβ received international attention, being featured on ABC Nightly News, Fox News, and newspapers across the globe. In 2009, the Program was adapted into a book, Inbox Detox and the Habit of E-mail Excellence (Acanthus 2009)
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