I do a lot of work-related communication with people whose English is less than 100% fluent, and sometimes there are miscommunications that I think result from incomplete comprehension of the things that I say. I'd like to do what I can to minimize that. [more inside]
Calling all nick-name and users of your non legal name. I've hit a snag. New work email at huge corporation has a legal name policy for email addresses and seeing my legal name all over the place constantly is making me a crazy person. Details below the fold. [more inside]
I work in digital publishing, mostly doing email newsletters, and the pressure and workload keep cranking up. I'm looking for something else, but I need help surviving in the interim. [more inside]
A while ago I came across a webpage where the author provided a short, one-line email to use in business situations where you are being ignored or not receiving a timely response. For the life of me I can't recall the exact wording of the message, nor the webpage. Ring any bells?
I have severe email anxiety and it is having repercussions for my work. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
Please give me your shared email box efficiency tips! [more inside]
I'm encountering a few workflow difficulties for which I feel sure there are more elegant solutions than what I've come up with so far. I am trying to coordinate and communicate with a group of volunteers more efficiently, and also track my work hours better. [more inside]
I frequently get asked for information or asked to answer questions that I have already provided/answered in a previous email. This is time-consuming. How best to deal with this? [more inside]
What do you say (or email) people after you've gone "radio silent" because you were focusing on other projects or procrastinating due to anxiety? [more inside]
Looking for sample business emails to improve my writing skills. The resources I found are typically for writing to clients or customers. I am looking for sample emails that one writes mostly internally within their own company. For example an email one would write to make a suggestion, disagree with something, ask for status, share an idea, remind someone politely, coach someone etc (Common business scenarios). Not looking for emails to win business or sell anything. Would appreciate if you could share web links or books (preferably the ones available at amazon.com). Also, I would like examples and not a resource that just gives guidance.
At work I'm using a Macbook Pro with OS X 10.7.4, running Outlook 2011. Today, I have to ship off this computer to get an upgrade and security update, and they will be wiping out the contents of the hard drive. They've left us very minimal instructions to back up any files we need. For me, the absolute most important thing is having access to all of my old emails and their attachments. So, QUESTION: how do I backup all of my emails in Outlook so that I'll be able to access them on my newly-wiped computer? Where are email files stored on my computer? How can I back up the attachments on the old emails? How do I avert total disaster?
How did you handle new expectations for checking and responding to your work e-mail outside of normal business hours?
How did you handle new expectations for checking and responding to your work e-mail outside of normal business hours? [more inside]
Article about dropping politeness from email to achieve better results in the workplace? [more inside]
How do I win friends and influence people when I don't know what they look like? My new job requires me to manage client projects remotely. Most of my time with clients is spent either in conference calls, one-on-one phone calls, or communicating through email and Basecamp. I usually have no idea what these people look like. As a project manager I need to keep the client moving towards the finish line by making decisions quickly and getting things done on time. My question is two fold: 1) How do I motivate and influence a team that works for another organization?, and 2) How do I best do this being remote? I am looking for techniques and tools that will help me be an effective, remote, 3rd party project manager. If it matters I work for a Software as a Service company. My clients are implementing our software on their websites. The client may or may not have a dedicated project manager. Help me drive things forward!
My manager fairly frequently sends me email praising me for my work. I think I'm just doing my job. How should I respond? [more inside]
"I'm a Pantera's box you do not wanna open."-filter: Looking for work advice about not reacting to my perceived stories about the intent and methods of communication of my peers. Details inside... [more inside]
Sending messages on CC field by mistake - what to do? [more inside]
A question about etiquette for freelance designers: [more inside]
Hi MeFites :) My current workplace has a mix of PC's and Macs and I need to find an easy way to book a meeting room that will work for everyone (some on Outlook 2007, some on Entourage Mac 2008). [more inside]
I have my full name as a domain name, and I'd like to start using it as my email address on my resume and for work purposes. Should my email address be joey@joeyshabadoo, j.shabadoo@joeyshabadoo, admin@joeyshabadoo or something else? And does it make any kind of difference, or am I just overthinking@plateofbeans?
A large part of my new job involves contacting various people and asking them for information. How can I convince them to get back to me quickly? [more inside]
I have my work and personal email in one gmail account. I may change jobs in the not-too-distant future. How can I separate the two? [more inside]
I want a communication escalation algorithm. [more inside]
How do I get my work POP3 account at home to have the same content (emails) as my work computer in Outlook?
How do I get my work POP3 account at home to have the same content (emails) as my work computer in Outlook? [more inside]
New Job Etiquette: Did I do the right thing? [more inside]
My company is trying to encourage our employees, clients & vendors to be more environmentally conscious. We want to tag company emails with a message underneath our standard signature to help get people thinking about it, but are trying to strike a balance between nice & forceful. Some of our ideas after the jump. What say you MeFites? [more inside]
How do I respond to a disciplinary email from my boss? [more inside]
Is it possible to create a tab/form in the Microsoft Outlook properties window where you can post a user's picture? [more inside]
Anyone with experiance in making MS Exchange work with SpamAssassin without having a Linux Box on hand?
I work at a small company with an Exchange server. We need OK spam protection. In an effort to move them to a more FOSS workcycle, I'm advocating SpamAssassin. Basically, I need it to work in our Windows Environment. [more inside]
I need a good email monitoring program for my workplace. [more inside]
I've been working six months now at a small ad agency in a medium sized city (70,000). I come from big agency experience. I'm an art director. We have 8 people total, all great people to work with. I like the change from big city to smaller city. There are a lot of plus-es to it. Just recently, we landed a big account. They're looking for a redesign of their brand and ad campaign with internet, non-traditional, advanced website... the works. Whereas most of our job lists for clients number in the few, this one starts with well more than a dozen with several of them as very big projects and with very tight deadlines (in the next six weeks). Skipping to the question, I've been asked by the creative director to step back and stop treading on toes via email. More inside... [more inside]
How can our company use Outlook to send an autoresponse to all customers who email us? [more inside]
Inbox privacy at work. [more inside]
How do you deal with the frustration of waiting for a reply and never getting one? Is there a helpful mantra or attitude adjustment or something? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to audit how long it takes our company to reply to emails? [more inside]
What are some helpful ways to be productive when connected to the internet? How does one fight the constant draw of trivial news sites, blogs, IM, e-mail, wiki articles, and forums--especially when work is 'net related? [more inside]
How do I ask co-workers to stop emailing me religious junk mail? [more inside]