By J. Mason
Online Career Tips Staff
Reading comprehension is a big part of most jobs. In order to respond to an email you’ll need to know how to read it. If you skim through the sentences and quickly reply you may be missing the most important parts. The end result here could be a missed opportunity to be more efficient and thorough. If all the questions didn’t get answered in the first go around, rest assured you’ll be getting new mail in your inbox shortly. Want to avoid dwelling on the same task for double the time? Then maybe you should read more and listen better.
In some companies there’s a policy that emails should only contain 1 project or thought to avoid confusion. If you have co-workers that abuse this maybe talk to them separately and request a separate email if the correspondence they plan on sending is more than a couple bullet points or paragraphs. This can help you narrow down the content you need to consume thoroughly before responding.
Use your ears, not your mouth. This applies to those who like to hear their voice, or think they can anticipate what others will say. You’ll notice the volume of your emails may decrease a little if you take the extra minute to listen to what’s being asked of you. Listening is a valuable skill that is underrated. If you work on increasing the information you take in you’ll get more accomplished, and your co-workers will feel more appreciated.
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