Question of the Day: What's the average number of emails received daily by an office worker?

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Mar 18, 2018
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Career, Research, Current Events

Answer: 87

Questions:

  • What could all these emails possibly be about? List the types of emails that you think office workers might receive.
  • If you received 87 emails a day, how would you decide which emails to respond to?
  • Given that emails are an important part of an office worker's responsibilities, what skills are required to be "good" at email?
  • Do you think that office workers send more texts than emails? Explain your answer. 

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Behind the numbers (WSJ):

You should respond quickly to all of them, right? Not so fast:

Replying to email promptly is a good thing, right? Not always. In fact, in companies whose cultures emphasize speed of response, workers are more stressed, less productive, more reactive and less likely to think strategically.

More interesting email facts below:

 

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.