Workfront and Tripp and Tyler Present: "Email in Real Life"


Of course (and unfortunately) this video is hilarious because email can be such an ineffective way to communicate work info. Here are our three favorite (and most painfully true) parts:

1. 'Reply All'

Even when it doesn't result in embarrassing messages intended for a small audience going to entire companies, what seems like a simple act of generosity or covering your back can quickly destroy an entire department's productivity.

2. Interruptions

While a little break time can help you sharpen the ol' saw, having your attention pulled away from your work every ten minutes is generally a bad thing. From cat videos to Nigerian princes to links to videos like this one, email can open the floodgates for waves of interruptions. Even the simple act of deleting them from your inbox can take you out of your zone and cost you another 15 minutes as you try to refocus.

3. Miscommunication

It's just too easy to misread what others write. This only gets worse when you take into account all the unspoken assumptions around all caps, ellipses, exclamation points, :), :/, :p, and the rest of the character combinations we've devised to add a little emotion to our communications.

Luckily, you and I don't have to be the butt of this particular joke. Workfront provides some brilliant ways to reduce email chaos and communicate better in the office. For one, it provides one place where everyone can communicate without duplicating emails every time someone replies. This also makes it much easier to keep track of who said what without having to comb through long email threads. It also attaches conversations to the projects they're talking about, again eliminating the need to sift through emails. Finally, because all this information is in one place, fewer people feel the need to email you for status updates. They can find it themselves.

To learn more about Workfront and how it improves enterprise workers' productivity, watch our demo here. To watch more of Tripp and Tyler in action, view the "Email in Real Life" outtakes below: