First things first: Email fatigue is real, and many of us experience it. At its most basic, it’s feeling overwhelmed by an overflowing inbox.
The phenomenon should be no surprise. Through the years, we’ve become increasingly dependent on email in both our work and personal lives. Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index notes that in February 2021, a subsection of Microsoft Outlooks users sent 40.6 billion more emails compared to February 2020. Certainly, work-from-home pandemic policies contribute to the surge. In 2021, desk workers had to rely on digital options, email among them, to interact. With many employers continuing their remote-work policies, it seems the email uptick is here to stay.
Do you plan to permanently transition your business to a remote office?
Well, if you are, you should work towards positioning yourself for success. Working remotely may be convenient for many people for different reasons but it brings a unique set of challenges that you’ve already likely experienced over the past year compared to working from an office. You should address these challenges immediately with your team, especially as it relates to managing leads for your business.
We’ll discuss how remote-based businesses can better respond to and qualify leads quickly and efficiently.
Establishing office-like, in-person communication is a challenge for most teams who have resorted to remote work. While working remotely brings back the work-life freedom that perpetual office-goers crave, it can reduce the team’s ability to stick together.
Buffer’s State of Remote Work 2021 states that communication and collaboration challenges (16%) have significantly impacted remote teams. The change in ways of collaboration (41%), however, is by far the biggest change remote teams have experienced.
You get to work, open your inbox, and am immediately overwhelmed by the sheer number of emails you need to sort through. And when you do sort through them, you find that 99 percent are marketing emails from a company you don’t even remember buying from—or, even worse, full-on spam messages.
Or maybe you don’t even open your inbox; the notification on your phone showing you have 536 unread messages deters you from even trying to manage your emails.
Sound familiar? If so, you’re probably dealing with email overload—and if you don’t get it under control, it can have a seriously negative impact on your work and your well-being.
But what, exactly, is email overload? Why is keeping it at bay so important? And, more importantly, how can you take back control of your inbox—and kick email overload to the curb for good?
The average employee spends 13 hours a week reading and responding to messages. This means roughly 30% of their work time is devoted to managing their inbox. That’s entirely too much time to be spending on email!
At SaneBox, we’ve done lots of research and thinking about ways to get better at email. Resist toxic email culture by implementing these 15 advanced email productivity hacks, and soon you’ll be on your way to crushing your inbox every day.
Americans spend more than 100 hours per year commuting to work, with an average one-way drive-time of around 25.5 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When you do the math, that adds up to more than the allotted time workers receive for vacation (two weeks, 80 hours). All of this means employees are spending more time driving than ever – there were 139 million workers commuting in 2014, according to the same report.
Arguably the most overwhelming part of your business (and life)? Your inbox.
According to The McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends about 13 hours per week reading and responding to email—which, if you work a normal 45-hour week, makes up for 28% of your time.
That’s a huge chunk of time—but, when you crunch the numbers, the majority of that time is not time well spent. According to SaneBox’s internal data, less than half (42%) of emails in your inbox are relevant or important—which means that a whopping 58% are just taking up time and energy, making you feel more overwhelmed than ever (a recent study found that participants experienced increased heart rate and higher stress levels when given access to email).