When you receive 100 emails an hour it’s hard to always be nice, right? Don’t worry, this week’s ICYMI (in case you missed it) includes the top tips of email etiquette, and other advice circling the internet this week focused on how to find a great job, do a great job and be a great leader.
EMAIL ETIQUETTE 101
How many emails do you get a day? If your inbox is anything like mine I am sure the answer is too many! Did you ever reply with just one word answers? Or, accidentally cc everyone in your office? With the speed of business moving so fast, emails from individual employees, supervisors, customers and subordinates is one of the quickest and easiest ways to communicate. Between trying to remain professional, appearing competent and never knowing who will read your emails, it is important that your messages are being interpreted the way they are intended.
You must be socially aware to be able to pull this off without offending anyone. Remember, your emails are being read without any social cues like facial expression or body posture. Inc. magazine has pulled together a list of the five rude emails you send every day. Don’t feel bad, most of the mistakes people made are completely avoidable. Remember even the nicest person in your office can still look like a jerk in email!
GRRRL POWER IN THE WORKPLACE
While there is no doubt that the role of women in workforce has changing considerably but did you ever wonder how many female leaders there really are in the world? The Huffington Post recently published an article featuring a study by Weber Shandwick and KRC Research asking 1,700 c-suite executives how large companies are run by female CEO’s. The results were astonishing compared to the actual numbers, especially when you seem to be always hearing about female business leaders in the media, or even that our next president of the United States may be a woman.
“On average, respondents guessed that 23 percent of large companies around the world have female leaders. Women executives were even more misinformed — guessing that 25 percent had female CEOs, on average.”
Everyone was way off the mark! Here are few of the actual stats:
- There is less than 5% of female CEOs of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies – 23 to be exact
- 23 Fortune 500 companies are led by women – that is a dropfrom last year!
- 8% of global companies with revenues of at least $500 million have a female CEO.
The good news is that executives are very optimistic about the future for women leaders. The survey said that in 10 years they expect at least 30% of companies will be run by women. Read the full article, “Do You Realize How Few Women CEOs Exist? These Executives Don’t” from the Huffington Post for more insights about the study or the full study here.
SOCIAL MEDIA IS JUST ONE TOOL TO GET THE JOB
Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – oh my! The two most important things to remember while you are looking for a job is to build your personal brand and network like crazy. In a society that everything must be done immediately, social media seems to the most popular way to find your next gig. But, what ever happened to face-to-face networking? Even with all the social platforms offered, in-person networking and human interaction has tremendous value.
While social media can act as the introduction, but in the end, you want to get down to business. Fortune magazine has posted some best practices of how to get the most out of your next “in-person” networking event. And remember, social media should only be looked upon as one of your tools in your job hunting arsenal.