It’s almost summertime, complete with cookouts, beach trips, and a few holidays here and there—some expected and some not so much (looking at you, World Naked Gardening Day).
Though I usually like to spend my summer holidays in a holidaze (i.e. daydreaming on a hammock), some of these upcoming festivities are loaded with e-discovery inspiration. Let us be your guide as we explore how these summer celebrations can help you work smarter, not harder.
1. Memorial Day (May 28)
A US holiday, Memorial Day is a first and foremost in remembrance of those who passed while serving the country. But, admittedly, it’s also become the unofficial signal for summer, with a long weekend and warm weather urging us to step away from work and go outside.
Celebrate it, e-discovery style: Whether you live in the US or not, you can celebrate this Memorial Day with $100 off your Relativity Fest ticket with the promo code SUMMERPROMO, valid now through Tuesday, May 29. Use that extra hundo for additional training opportunities, or consider putting it toward a good cause, like a charity to support veterans.
2. National Email Week (June 3 – 9)
The second week of June each and every year marks Email Week. Yes, this is a real thing. No, the Discovery Channel doesn’t broadcast cool footage à la “Shark Week.”
Celebrate it, e-discovery style: Emails are a mainstay of business and e-discovery projects, so whether you like it or not, every week is basically Email Week for you. But, if you’ve been having trouble getting your clients on board with using email threading on every case, this opportune holiday is a good excuse to explain it to them one more time. This primer might help.
3. Flag Day (June 14)
This is another American holiday (we just like to party, okay?). This time, we’re celebrating the adoption of our flag in 1777.
Celebrate it, e-discovery style: Flag Day doesn’t have to be all about the red, white, and blue. The world’s more connected than ever—just look at your e-discovery projects—and we should celebrate and encourage that global unity. This Flag Day, show someone how to use language identification to reveal how many foreign tongues are represented in your e-discovery projects. Do it at the onset of every case, and you’ll know how many foreign language reviewers you’ll need on your team. Your client (and English-speaking reviewers) will thank you.
4. Cell Phone Courtesy Month (July)
Founded in 2002—even before smart phones brought the whole internet into the palm of our hands—Cell Phone Courtesy month is a good reminder to be more mindful when using our phones: no loud conversations in public spaces, no texting and driving, and no ignoring your dinner date for Facebook (or even your review queue).
Celebrate it, e-discovery style: With 55 percent of office-based employees saying there’s no harm in using a work device for personal communications, you might consider running a refresher course on secure data practices. This infographic is a good start to help you and your team brush up on the dos and don’ts.
5. International Day of Friendship (July 30)
The UN—which established International Day of Friendship in 2011—just wants us all to be besties, saying “Through friendship—by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust—we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.”
Celebrate it, e-discovery style: The UN’s mission rings true for conducting faster, simpler e-discovery: by joining together, we can make a big difference. Take time this July to recognize your favorite solution provider or client, whether that’s with a fancy fruit basket or a simple thank you note for their support during your toughest e-discovery projects—or, if she's a real star, consider nominating her as a Stellar Woman in e-Discovery.
6. Inventor’s Month (August)
According to Inventor’s Digest, Inventor’s Month is celebrated every August because August has a slow news cycle. Not a great reason … but still, a great opportunity to honor innovations and innovators—and embark on a project of your own.
Celebrate it, e-discovery style: Got a particularly heinous data problem to solve? Try your hand at developing a custom solution. You can even enlist help from a Relativity Custom Development Partner if you’ve got the idea, but maybe not the coding chops.
Kristy Esparza is a member of the marketing team at Relativity, specializing in content creation.