The notion of a plugin that would apply price tags to meetings based on the inferred hourly rates of participants is one of those neat ideas that is so simple, so seductive that it completely blinds you to the other side of the equation.

It's all very well knowing that a meeting will take up £1,000-worth of management time, but what if the upside of getting those highly-paid managers together is that they have the clout to agree and take forward a course of action that will save the organisation £10,000 over the next year?

That said, I'd love to see an Outlook plugin that, before you send an email to multiple addressees, calculated the reading time multiplied by the number of recipients to inform you of how much of their time you were seeking to take up. 1

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

  1. At this point any of my work colleagues reading this will be laughing hysterically at the notion that I would favour writing shorter emails. The issue isn't so much the length of the email - it should be as long as it needs to be given what the intended audience already knows (or doesn't know) about the subject matter - as it's the number of people being copied into messages about things that don't concern them.