The Gentle Art of the Out of Office Reply

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We see them almost every week — the out of office email reply from a colleague or contact that helps us think of our next vacation, sipping mojitos in the Maldives! The out of office reply is so ubiquitous, you probably haven’t thought about yours much since you set yours up. True, every time you go on vacation you change the dates in the notification, and from time to time you adjust the wording slightly. But, with a little extra effort, you could do more. Here’s the SaneBox Scoop on making your out of office just a little bit better.

How to Ruin Your Entire Team’s Productivity With Email

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Here at SaneBox, we’re pretty serious about helping you use email in a more efficient, effective, and productive way. Behind our happy-go-lucky attitude, smiles, and beautiful software, our mission is to make email awesome.

 

But, we thought, let’s try a little experiment. What, exactly, would you have to do to make email truly awful? How could you kill productivity throughout your team, listen to stifled screams, and create a feeling of cold dread when your email arrives in someone else’s inbox?

 

We’re so glad you asked. Here’s the SaneBox Scoop of what you can do to make email into a truly horrifying experience that encourages everyone in your team to hit the “delete” key. So, with tongue firmly in cheek, here’s how to weaponize your email and make others want to kill it with fire.

Using Email to Stay on Top of Your Finances

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Salary, income, expenses, taxes, retirement, credit card statements, bills, investments — there’s a lot of financial stuff to keep track of. The truth is, many of us aren’t that great at managing our money, and that’s often for a simple reason, it’s complicated! Fortunately, the good people over at Money Crashers have got your back. They’ve been giving out fantastic financial advice for years, and we worked with them to put together this super-helpful guide on using email to help you manage your finances.

 

Here’s the SaneBox Scoop on how to be a master of money.

Business Email Horror Stories — Where you Really, Really Didn’t Mean to Hit Reply All

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Noooo! No! No! No! You’ve got a dreadful feeling in the pit of your stomach. A cold sweat is breaking out. You really need to take a very deep breath, but you’re just gulping for air. Yes. You did it. You hit “Reply All” when really you should just have hit “Reply.” Now, the secret conversation you were having with your colleague is all over the department, or worse, the company. Oh no! Did you copy in the CEO AS WELL?!?! If it’s any consolation, we’ve all been there. Take a small crumb of hope that you’re not one of these poor souls. Enjoy the schadenfreude.

How to write emails people want to read

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You get up and, before you’ve even started your work, you’re greeted by a barrage of emails. You work your way through them, one by one, working out which one’s are worth your time and which ones aren’t. Finally, you reach the end of the line and can finally crack on with your actual work, when you realize it’s 3 am and you have 4 hours left before it starts all over again.

SaneSnooze — Prioritize Your Emails and Hide Them Until You Need to Act

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Fear not friends, here at SaneBox we’re very familiar with the deluge of emails that plague the inboxes of the unprepared. We’ve got our own way to slash and burn through that myriad of messages — we call it SaneSnooze, and it will revolutionize how you respond to email.