Work-related emails zoom in and out of our inboxes, but some messages make us stop and think.
Take, for instance, a recent email exchange between billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen and one of his analysts. Investigators think the analyst gave Cohen inside information on Dell's upcoming earnings.
Right after the email, Cohen reportedly sold his entire 500,000 shares of Dell stock.
Insider trading, perhaps? We'll let the authorities decide.
In the meantime, what kinds of work emails do we worry about opening? Let's start with these.
Your head is nestling into the pillow, and you're on a first-class trip to dreamland. Right then, a late-night message from the big cheese you feel compelled to answer. So much for a restful night.
Classic Friday afternoon Bill Lumberg move. You are oh-so-close to freedom and then WAM...the email subject line that dooms your Saturday, Sunday or (sadly) both.
The scariest email subject line of them all. "Hey" could mean ANYTHING. A compliment, criticism, idle chit-chat about last night's episode of True Blood. ANYTHING. Be on guard.
Nope. Those don't exist. With "small favor," the boss is giving a heads up that he's about to come at you with a big ask.
...and I don't care. Put down your margarita, tap into the WiFi hotspot at the tiki bar and get back to work.
RED ALERT. RED ALERT. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, "the four worst words in the English language." Open the email with grave caution.
Um, am I about to get fired? Or are you giving me two tickets to the Yankees game? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?