Email without purpose.
Have you ever received an email and wonder, “What am I supposed to do with this?” An email giving you all kinds of background, but never explains why you are receiving the email in the first place? Every email you send should have a call to action.
— If your email is informational, start out the email with “FYI.”
— Are you looking accomplish an objective with this email? Have you addressed the person or group needed to complete your goal? By addressing people individually in the email you are making sure everyone is assigned direct responsibility for their actions.
— Is this email a request for information? Then let the intended recipient know what you need from them.
Have you expressed your expectations or goals?
— Why the recipient needs this?
— What is the timeline?
— Is there anyone else who should be on the email to be able to monitor the progress?
Especially with a remote working situation it is important you communicate a specific call to action since your intended recipients are not going to be able to clarify your purpose as they would be able to working in the same office.
Every email should have call to action and timeline.