UK employees will face an avalanche of spam when they return to work.
According to Expert Messaging, the ‘spamalanche' will leave the average employee with 450 emails and heavy users with up to 3,000 messages to open. The company predicts that 70 per cent of the messages will be spam or unwanted email, so employees will have to decide to delete all or open all then delete.
Workplace communications expert Bob Hallewell has developed a personal email strategy to help people deal with the ‘Spamalanche' on their return to work. His four ‘D' personal email strategy – deal with it now, delegate it, delete it or defer it until later – will help employees manage their workload.
He recommended adopting a one touch approach to deal with the email load: to firstly sort your inbox by sender and identify your most important contacts and apply the four ‘D' strategy; then sort by subject as this will quickly help you identify spam and sort by date so you can work through from the newest to the oldest.
Bob Hallewell said: “Many people will be tempted to adopt the ‘delete all' strategy when they return to the office, but it's a hi-risk approach. There is no doubt it brings a cathartic pleasure, but then remember you are back to work and you may be deleting some important or critical information.
“This is an age old battle we all face with email communications. It sits at the centre of the modern workplace and we spend several hours per day managing it. Paradoxically, none or very few of us have ever been given any formal training on how to use email effectively. This is highlighted at times such as Christmas when we return to a full inbox, we spend too long pondering and not being decisive about how to deal with the messages we have.”