Virginia at Work: Dealing with email madness

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As the work week begins, the email load awaiting you can be daunting. Email madness is no joke and it’s a topic that has years of research behind it.

It’s a topic in which we take a closer look in this edition of  Virginia at Work.

Over the years, the team at Cortex Leadership Consulting in Roanoke, has collected data on the topic and found, on average, leaders in the workplace spend up to four hours a day managing emails. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, on average, workers spend about 28% of their work week managing emails.

The experts at Cortex Leadership Consulting, broke down the numbers and found if an employee makes an annual salary of $50,000 that means $14,000 of the annual salary goes to managing emails.  To take a look at the bigger picture, if a company’s total annual payroll equals $500,000 that means the total cost to the company is $140,000 each year spent on reading, sending, and responding to emails. 

Lynda McNutt Foster, the CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting says, “With email you need to sit down and go when are we going to email really big? When are we going to carbon copy everybody in the newsroom? When are we going to reply all to everybody because that email has to be read by 10, 15, 20 people who then have to determine if it was meant for them, then reply. So, this madness is going on and on and on and people need to sit down and create some rules of engagement around it, that work for them.”

Foster has worked with executives from several corporations about how to get a handle on emails and the cost to the company. Monday morning she will join our Good Day Virginia team, along with Berglund Automotive Group President William Farrell, to discuss solutions.

For a look at solutions, and team exercises, for your work place to handle the email workload, Lynda has shared  a link about email madness and another on the avalanche of email that her team at Cortex Leadership Consulting have put together.

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