To e-mail or not to e-mail? That's a question that Interactive Employment Training (IET) ( www.hrtrain.com), a Jericho, N.Y.-based firm that conducts online education about workplace issues, and LitigationProofing, a Mamaroneck, N.Y.-based consultant in electronic communications and litigation risk avoidance, have decided to take on in a new online course. Called "Think Before You Send: A Practical Guide to E-Mail in the Workplace," the course serves as a guide for employees who may be a little too send-button trigger-happy.
The course has been released as new electronic discovery rules affect millions of e-mails subject to legal scrutiny.
Litigators, including Eric Rosenberg, former Merrill Lynch litigation manager and current president of Litigation-Proofing, authored the 35-minute course, which includes the "Seven Deadly Sins of Workplace E-Mail," which cover topics such as misaddressing and the loss of control once an e-mail is sent, as well as the idea of writing an e-mail as if it will be on the front page of a newspaper.
The course emphasizes regarding each e-mail as a permanent document and then presents scenarios of common mistakes. Program cost ranges from $10 to $25 per user depending on volume, and some customization is available, he says.
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