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Marissa Brassfield

Automated Inbox Management

We are inundated with email, and processing meaningful replies at scale is a learned skill. This walkthrough on automated inbox management will help you use online tools and filters to proactively pare down your inbox. In This Video: * How to automate inbox triage * When to create filters and rules * Next...

Marissa Brassfield

Weekend Reading: Gen Y Guest Posts 6/4 - 6/8

Each week, I contribute dozens of articles on Gen Y and productivity to a variety of Web properties. Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. * New Research Reveals That Most Work Email is Irrelevant [PayScale] * Have Millennials Killed the Concept of the Corner Office? [PayScale] * Searching for...

Marissa Brassfield

Email Efficiency is Relationship-Sensitive [STUDY]

A new study out of Northwestern University indicates that our email efficiency is relationship-sensitive -- specifically, we reply sooner to emails from close friends than strangers. Researchers Stefan Wuchty and Brian Uzzi studied 1.5 million messages sent by 1,052 employees and uncovered an algorithm that reveals the closeness...

Marissa Brassfield

Volkswagen Germany Axes After-Hours Email Access

Volkswagen is fighting the good fight in work-life balance by stopping its BlackBerry servers from delivering email to employees after regular work hours. The plan, which applies to VW Germany workers with trade-union-negotiated contracts, only permits emails to be delivered during a window that begins 30 minutes before an employee&...

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