Confirm that you received an email, especially when it contains a contract, files, important directions, or anything else where “hey, I got this” could be handy for the sender.
You know what happens when you don’t? The other person has to wonder if it just a spam folder, got buried in a bunch of emails, accidentally deleted because you clicked on the wrong thing, misdelivered, or otherwise just didn’t get to you.
If you’re the sort of person who leaves emails unread to deal with them, try this:
- Reply that you got something
- Flag the email as unread
Better yet, quickly process the email to at least add it to a to-do list or download to file into a working folder. But, at bare minimum, confirm receipt.
Confirming receipt is a small sign that promotes trust and acknowledging responsibility. You know, things that actually indicate professionalism.
That is all.
 Also, there are many better methods for dealing with work processes.