Q: My coworker always replies to e-mails with “Will do!” or “Thanks!”-unnecessary messages that clog my in-box. How do I ask her (nicely) to stop?
A: Those accumulated e-mails can be an annoying time waster. Having an honest, upbeat chat (face-to-face or via phone) with her. Say, ” I really appreciate your friendly, thorough communication, but I trust you to do what needs to be done, so you don’t have to write back every time you hear from me. Instead, let’s check in via e-mail every Friday if we need to review. Thanks!”