Everyday, we are inundated with e-mails. I personally get over 300 a day, and other colleagues I’ve heard get 500. Despite many of the e-mails being largely irrelevant, or impersonal given the blast distribution trend, it’s worth responding every once in a while with a “Thank You” and a recognition of what they’ve sent.
Most of the time all the emailer wants is for someone to respond and recognize their work. How many times have you proceeded to review your e-mail AFTER you sent it, just so you can relish in what you’ve said? Yesterday, I spent about 30 minutes consciously responding to about 12 e-mails which I normally wouldn’t have responded to, and it felt good. Furthermore, I sent out another quick 22 e-mails of congratulation for those who got promoted to celebrate their success. All replied, and were extremely appreciative.