The rise in digital communications, and the use of technologies such as email in both personal and professional capacities, can blur the lines of etiquette. When it comes to the do's and don'ts of e-communication—especially when emailing with colleagues or clients—consider turning to an article shared by Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider.
Smith's helpful email etiquette guide, titled, "17 Rules of Email Etiquette you Need to Know," was concocted with the help of Barbara Pachter, a career coach and published author on topics such as business etiquette. Many of the 17 rules Smith and Pachter lay down are generally common sense for modern email etiquette. Yet they serve as useful reminders.
For instance, most people know to use a professional email address (instead of something along the lines of firstname.lastname@example.org). But lesser-known rules are also noted on the list, such as the belief that all emails should be replied to—even if you weren't the intended recipient. Pachter says that this often overlooked courtesy “serves as good email etiquette, especially if this person works in the same company or industry as you.”
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Surely every busy professional has noticed the new mindset emerging that as more time-saving technology is being developed, there must now be more time available to allocate to other tasks—and these tasks should probably be work related! This additional time for tasking means less time for relaxing and more opportunity for stress to build up. With only so many productive hours available, there is a new movement to turn de-stressing into the latest multitasking activity.
Luckily, Inc.com has saved us time by doing the research and gathering together a list of 13 Brilliant Gadgets and Tools to Help Stress Management. With the exception of the HoMedics Thera-P Shiatsu Kneading Massage Pillow, which requires laying on the pillow for the maximum effect, each of the apps and devices are designed to fit into busy schedules and can be used in almost any setting.
Many of the stress combatants on the list use biofeedback data, from mood tracking and breathing pattern awareness to brain wave measurement, to teach users to properly recognize stress and to deal with it as it occurs. Some of the devices play music or meditation games while others identify which pressure points are the most effective for that late afternoon headache. The full list, including prices and where to get the items, is here.