7th November 2007

Beware the dangers of email time bombs

When I was young, there was a series on British television called ‘Danger UXB’. Week by week it followed an army bomb disposal squad as they rushed from one assignment to the next, averting disaster and saving the day. It had danger, suspense, strong characters, tight deadlines – all the elements of good TV. In the work environment, however, these same characteristics are somewhat less desirable. How often do we find ourselves going from one close call to the next, defusing time bombs and booby traps left for us by others – or worse still ourselves?