I’m starting a count of random #rudeintheworkplace or #uselessintheworkplace:
(1) Sending an email with 18 people on it to tell one person that there’s a package for them to pick up.
(1b) Replying to that email with 18 people on it to say, “noted. thanks.”
(1c) Doing this 9 times in one morning for the same group of people which amounts to 18 emails that none of us needed to open.
First of all the initial sender is a tool. You could do one recap with all the packages you’re sending, at the end of the day. You could note that none of us care about your inter office mail.
Second: email has turned us into a bunch of CYA tools. You have to send an email for everything you do to prove that you’ve done it to a bunch of people who won’t care about your CYA email when they want to imply that you haven’t don’t your job. You HAVE to respond to every email you get to let people know you’ve gotten them and that you’ll get back to them when you have an answer. You have to send an email to verify that you’ve walked into another department and put a report in someone’s hands but if a month from now that person’s boss doesn’t have that report you have no proof that you’ve done it because that person never emailed you back to say that they got the report which you put in their actual physical hands and so the 18 people on that email don’t necessarily believe you did it. I as a result do not do any of these things. I’m aware that some people are pissed off about it but I figured out a few years ago that I average about 350 business emails each day and that well over a hundred of them are superflous. Cut the crap. Take back your day.