Reading and answering email can consume up to 28% of your working week, so setting up and using your email account effectively can have a significant impact on your productivity at work. Even though enterprise social networks are on the rise, email generally remains the primary form of communication in the workplace.
The first step to improving your emails is to set up an account under your business domain name, to improve deliverability and professionalism. Services such as Google Apps for Work allow you to do this, as well as providing a fully featured, web-based email client that allows you to access your inbox anywhere, on all your devices.
Keeping your emails short and clear is an important skill, which ensures that minimum time is wasted on both ends, and that your messages stand out from inbox clutter. Including a signature also adds professionalism and gives the recipient quick access to your contact and company information.
Following common sense and etiquette also goes a long way, as it ensures that you communicate in a helpful, respectful and efficient way at all times. Your contacts will appreciate this, and will be more likely to open and respond to your emails in the future.
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