How do you deal with all the emails at work? There are too many coming in every day! Also, when is it right to cc (carbon copy) and when is it not?
Prioritize. One does not have to look at every email that comes in. Working smart is to sort e-mails by priority, i.e. by recipients, subject matter etc. No doubt about it: emails from senior management, bosses, stakeholders or customers should be given priority. The next emails that you should open are the ones where the subject matter relates to an important project, or an activity one is working which is near deadline.
As for carbon-copying, you need to use your judgment as there is no hard and fast rule that every e-mail must be cc’d to everyone. There may be cases where it is absolutely necessary to cc, for example, your boss may have asked you to keep him in the loop of all your work activities, or you are handling a project in which you need to keep all parties in the loop of the progress to ensure alignment.
I have just received my first paycheck. I’m not sure how I should spend it. How often can I indulge and pamper myself?
Always settle what’s important first. It’s all about priotizing. Pay your bills first before spending on items that may not be necessary. Ask yourself: is this a need or a want? Personally, I only indulge and pamper myself once a year if I get a bonus, and I would usually take a holiday or buy an expensive handbag. But most of the time, my paycheck goes toward family.
Kathy Goh is the director of compensation, benefits and payroll of Talent Management at DFS Venture Singapore.
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