An economist’s tips on making e-mail work for you

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An economist’s tips on making e-mail work for you

E-mail celebrates its 50th birthday this year yet it is hard to think of a more aggravating workplace practice

Tim Harford

What fresh torture is this? “Just resending this e-mail to get it to the top of your inbox!”

Let me stop you right there. There is no top of my inbox. My inbox is empty. At least it was before you decided to do the digital equivalent of emptying the contents of my waste paper basket all over the floor of my study. Back slowly away, if you value your typing fingers.

Not a month goes by without some monstrous e-mail habit catching on. Isn’t it about time we figured this all out? E-mail celebrates its 50th birthday this year and has been ubiquitous in the office for a couple of decades. Yet it is hard to think of a workplace practice that causes more aggravation. (Well — there’s the open-plan office. But let’s not go there, metaphorically or otherwise.)..

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