Tuesday, June 17, 2008

E-Mail Signatures

I send all my personal emails from work. Terrible habit but so convenient. We have "automatic" signatures where our contact info pops up along with a ton of silly boilerplate - about confidentiality and tax advice, etc.

Today I saw a client had e-mail boilerplate to "Please consider the environmental impact of printing this e-mail." How likely do you think it is that the message will restrain someone from printing? Lawyers are death to forests - all my secretary does for me is print mammoth documents (I do try to double-sided but our color printer doesn't let us).

Do you try to conserve on printing? Do you use your work e-mail account or keep things separate? I bet my litigator friends are better at keeping them separate than I am.

One of the best e-mails I saw once had a person's title as "Human Being". Currently I feel like a cross between a "Vessel" and a "Work Horse" but I like the sentiment.


Nancy said...

I do a mix of both work and home. I've been better about keeping them separate lately though.

I saw that environment signature on an email as well and have to admit that I thought "hm. that's probably a good point." But I don't normally print out email anyway (and would probably still print out the one(s) I wanted...) But I did stop to think.

You saw one hell of a game last night!! Good choice! :) Did you find any green?

T. said...

I conserve paper. My company has only recently instituted recycling, so for the two years, I have been setting up a "recycle your paper" box next to the printer. I take the box to the shredder once a week - it's the closest to recycling that we've been able to do till recently. Now all of our printers and copiers are set on double-sided print, which helps. There are only a few people that do the "print the email" thing - they're generally the non-computer savvy people that need to print everything anyway. Drives me nuts!

Anonymous said...

I try to conserve paper at work. And for some print jobs, I'll print 4 to a page -- like deposition transcripts which are a bit of a waste of space.

I have personal email on work, but not the other way around.

I rarely print out my email. I archive stuff and then it gets electronically filed.

So...for all this conservation, why do I still have 12 inch piles of docs everywhere i look...

Anonymous said...

I'm a tree-killer at work, but I recycle at home, so maybe it balances out in the end (terrible logic).

I definitely keep work e-mails and personal e-mails separate, but that's b/c if my blackberry buzzes at 9pm on a weeknight or at any point on a weekend it sure as hell better be work related.

Anonymous said...

I keep work and personal separate, and have for years. Technically, it would be considered "misuse of government resources" or something if I used my work email for personal stuff. I rarely print an email- once in a blue moon.

At work all papers have to be shredded or put in a burn bag. At home, I recycle as much as I can. Paper, cardboard, magazines, etc.