Changes You Should Make Now on Your Computer at Work

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Posted January 22, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz
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Business Insider found some incredible new software, and Career Girls, you need to know about it! Have you ever been the victim of a bad “reply all” situation? Maybe you replied all to an email calling your boss a witch when you really just meant to snark to your coworker. Or worse, someone replied all with something negative about you and you saw it all. Either way, it’s a horrifying situation.

Check out this solution:

Makers of e-mail programs have heeded the calls of distress. Microsoft (MSFT) introduced a plug-in option on its Outlook program called NoReplyAll, which allows senders to prevent recipients from Replying All to their messages. Programs such as Reply to All Monitor, developed by Sperry Software, attack users with alerts anytime they click the Reply All button: “Are you sure you want to reply to everyone?” Sperry Software owner Mike Sperry got the idea when a colleague at a previous job embarrassed himself with a companywide e-mail. He’s found that the vast majority of his customers are law firms and banks that fear something less personal: sensitive client information ending up in the wrong hands. “It’s a cheap form of insurance,” says Sperry, who says that he’s sold “hundreds of thousands of the program,” which costs $14.95.

What are some other things that get you in trouble at work? Think about changing these settings to set yourself up for success in email and other computer mishaps:

  • You reply to email too quickly. Trust me, you do. We live in a world where that little “you’ve got mail” symbol or sound means “ACT NOW!” Instead, set your email to replenish the Inbox only every 15 minutes or 30 even, and don’t reply immediately. Take time to think about what you’re going to say and then press send.
  • Are you late? It could be your calendar’s fault. Most calendar’s default to reminding you of meetings 15 minutes beforehand. But a lot can happen in 15 minutes, and then poof, suddenly you’re late. Instead, change those settings to 5 minutes before. It will give you the opportunity to get up and head to the meeting room immediately.

Use your computer to help you, not hinder your success! What other tricks are you using online and off to get ahead?


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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