Can you believe summer is almost over? Have you accomplished any goals that you set for yourself? To close out summer with a bang we are planning a Belle-cation! Since we work virtually, getting everyone together is even more exciting because we don’t typically see each other beyond our Sococo offices.
In this week’s edition of Thriveable Friday, we’re sharing some helpful tips on email etiquette along with fun ideas for team building. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!
Entrepreneurship … Like a Boss
Emails can be tricky. Are you too detailed? Too brief? Am I using too many exclamation points? Should I add a smiley? Here are three cardinal rules that will help you come across as happy and helpful to the recipients of your emails.
CC-ing and “Reply All”– Use these features conservatively. Entrepreneur offers some great advice when it comes to CC’ing. They say to treat CC’ing like you are in an in-person meeting. Then ask yourself: “Would it be necessary or helpful to have this person come to the meeting?” If the answer is no, then no CC needed. When it comes to “reply all” think long and hard before you do it. Most times you shouldn’t.
Beginning, Middle and End – Emails that are too brief can cloud the lines of communication between emailer and recipient. Take the extra two minutes to make sure your emails are thorough and complete. It will save you time in the long run.
Subject line “URGENT” – This conveys disrespect towards your recipient’s time. If something is truly urgent, calling is a better means of communication. If you need a response today create a subject like that says something along the lines of “Time Sensitive Information: Need Response Today.”
Tips & Tools to Empower Your Life
We are all super excited to get together for our Belle-cation. For some of our team members it will be the first time meeting in person. How does your office team-build? Here are some non-traditional team building options that are better than the traditional happy hour.
- Serve together – Find a cause the company is passionate about and volunteer.
- Be a team together – Join a sports league and start a company team.
- Compete together – Hold an office Olympics! Competition is actually really helpful for the work environment and strengthens co-worker relationships. Our team just had a competition seeing how many email referrals we could get during the Boho Betty launch campaign.
How does your company team-build? Let us know what works best @ThinkBelleCom!
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Have a great weekend!
Leah & Team Belle