There’s a great article in today’s Wall Street Journal Online, and it’s available to nonsubscribers–at least for now. Writer Jason Fry warns that the biggest threat to email is not spam. It is the internal junk we send to our coworkers and managers. He offers five whimsical suggestions for how to reduce the dreck. Read "Stop the Email Madness!" now.
I do take issue with one of Jason Fry’s statements. He says it is legitimate to use an organization-wide email to tell people that flushing one of the toilets will cause it to overflow. Not so! Rather than sending an email, just put a sign on the door to that toilet. Better yet, lock the door of that stall. (Some people won’t read even a giant red-lettered sign!) That way, you can keep both the floor and email inboxes clean and neat.
I appreciate Fry’s link to this blog and his efforts to improve the business world’s email.