“You’re Doin’ It Wrong”

I enjoyed this piece about using new collaborative tools to get your office work done, but parts like this tip feel unfair.

  1. Spend more time summarizing or formatting a document than worrying about the actual content. Time and time again, people over-invest in the production qualities of a work product, only to realize that all that work was wasted, as most people consume it on a phone or look for the summary.

This is why I write emails in boring plain text. But when you have an Office Suite filled with features like stupid stationery and endless signature and formatting options don’t be surprised when staff wastes time exploring pretty useless things rather than getting actual work done.

I also believe that the best thing you can do for office productivity is get people who can write well and type fast. Oftentimes it’s like meetings occur because someone sucks at typing.