Two little girls sharing the joy of a book while standing in a sunlit field.
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My brother has a horrible habit.

He will find something new and wonderful; a playlist, a variety of beer, or an article of clothing, and then take a grainy picture of himself or a screenshot and post it.

Then he will wait to see if someone asks what it is.



A woman with bright blue eyes looking bored in a meeting that clearly should have been an email.
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A meeting should be an email when:

  1. There is no discussion. Something is changing, and you need everyone to know? Send an email with a read receipt.
  2. No collaboration is needed. If something requires input from your employees but not collaboration, send an email with a read receipt and an effortless way for them to reply, usually through pushing a button.
  3. You are not raising morale. A team member’s time is valuable. The more opportunity you give your employees to work in flow, the better off you are. Unless a topic demands analyzing, brainstorming, collaboration, discussion, or getting everyone together out of appreciation, let your people do their jobs.

That’s it. That’s the article. Now go out and start freeing up your colleagues’ time.



Stephanie Cansian

Author, email coach, and creative mind behind Say It Simply Productions. Rebelliously positive, probably caffeinated. Central Jersey citizen.