Neat trick to save you from drowning in emails
Do you spend a considerable amount of your workday processing through unnecessary, confusing, or “epically long” emails? Email is one of the most common tools used in the workplace, and yet, checking email can also be a huge headache and can distract you from other important tasks.
Hiri, a Dublin-based startup is in beta, offering a new program that may help streamline how you deal with emails and organize your day, increasing workplace efficiency, freeing up valuable time, and improving company communications.
The main feature of Hiri is that it automatically divides your emails into two separate inboxes: an “action” inbox for tasks, and an FYI inbox for “need to know” emails. Action item emails can be dragged immediately into a separate to do list.
Tasks can also be delegated to another colleague, or deferred until a later date. For those emails you just aren’t quite ready to deal with, you can choose a time and date for the message to “boomerang” back into your inbox.
Rate each email. That’s right, rate them.
Hiri also does away with the “reply all” option, which often keeps recipients copied on long email threads that aren’t relevant to them. Instead, you must thoughtfully select each recipient. In order to improve company communications, you can rate each email.
If you rate an email unfavorably, you can indicate if the message was too long, irrelevant, unclear, or if the sender should have called or met with you in person instead. These ratings are anonymous, and contribute to an overall communication score, which rates users on clarity, brevity, tone, and behavior.
Hiri gets to know your behavior
Speaking of behavior, Hiri acknowledges that checking your email too often can be a compulsive habit, and offers a recommendations about how long you should wait before refreshing your inbox again. Hiri also keeps track of your total daily emails, and has a calendar function.
Consider trying Hiri in your office to improve workplace communications.