Ignore or ‘call out’ useless emails
You do not need to be CC’d into the latest of 350 birthday card emails that circulate around the company at any one time. Call them out as time wasting. Or do what I did when I worked at a large company, I put emails from timewasters under a set rule which put them into a folder called timewasters.
You may occasionally miss something, but generally Stacy’s email about David’s birthday in the Colchester office will not be worth reading. Unless you are David in the Colchester office.
I may sound like an old fart, however, so much time is wasted by these emails it make my blood boil.
If you do decide to call out the time-wasting emailer do it carefully and with tact. Do not say “Sharon this is bollocks, stop sending this stuff about the ‘buy a cake from the supermarket and pretend you baked it’ day.”
Instead, say. “Thank you for keeping us all posted on the upcoming bake sale in aid of injured seagulls, however, could I be left off in future as I get a lot of emails each day and I would like to lower my email burden to ensure I am tip-top for my candidates and clients. I hope you understand.”
Remember it is your time and your inbox not sharons.
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