4 Tips for Improving Your Company’s Email Culture

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4 Ways to Overcome the Dreaded Corporate Email Culture
by Mike Schmitz (@BobbleheadJoe)

Key Takeaway: While you may never be able to fully implement every email technique we recommend in your pursuit of email nirvana, you can still apply the 80/20 principle in a corporate setting to minimize email and regain large amounts of uninterrupted time.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Start with “why”. The key to this approach is to come with data showing what the problem is and then explain why people should try a different email approach. If you’re able to clearly articulate the rationale behind your proposed changes, your chances of changing email practices will be much higher.
  • Motivate the elephant. The elephant (or organization) is often too big to steer in a specific direction. Be intentional, disciplined  and patient in your attempts to motivate the corporate elephant to change corporate email culture in the direction you want.
  • Control what you can. Make any email efficiency improvement wherever you can, and don’t get discouraged if you can’t implement everything you want to right away. Any improvement is still improvement.
  • Leave work at work. Email has the potential to steal your attention from what’s really important at any moment. It’s important that you put up boundaries so that there are times when you can’t be interrupted and can focus on what’s really important rather than simply being reactive.