One of my pet peeves about working in an email-oriented company is the fact that I receive a flood of emails with no prioritization whatsoever.
In the end, my de facto priority system is a function of the sender and the recipient (hint: frequent senders to mailing lists end up at the bottom). But I've always wanted something more elegant.
Now I've discovered that my friend Helen Cheng and her company Seriosity, have an actual product, integrated with Outlook, that brings virtual world economics to the workplace. Employees receive a virtual currency, Serios, which they then use to bid for their co-workers attention.
That's pretty darn cool.
Of course, I suspect that many companies will also suffer the ravages of inflation after certain senior managers discover just how many Serios it will take to get their employees to read VP-level emails!