Just Think In 2000, more than 7 trillion e-mail messages will circulate in the United States alone, up from 4 trillion in 1998. The average person now receives 30 e-mails daily, making e-mail the second-most-popular form of communication after the phone (which, don't forget, had a 96-year head start).

Source: cyber dialogue

Need a Read? N. Fredric Crandall, PhD, and Marc J. Wallace, PhD, founding partners of the Center for Workplace Effectiveness in Northbrook, Ill., have hit on a reality the telecommuters on the staff of this magazine know well: Telecommuting requires a new way of looking at work and rewards. In Work & Rewards in the Virtual Workplace (1998, Amacom), they explore how companies ranging from IBM to TBWA/Chiat Day have made the shift to virtual workplaces, learned to manage virtual teams, and redesigned rewards systems. If you're contemplating the same, give it a look.

New Sensation The first new hotel in the Wall Street area in eight years (since the Millennium in '91), the Holiday Inn Wall Street set new high-tech standards when it opened last month. Not only is it being billed as New York City's first "plug and go" hotel (with T1 Internet connections in each guest room), but guests have online access to the adjacent Media Technology Center, which provides business services such as presentation formatting and color copying (the charges are then billed right to the guest's room). Other tech amenities: cellular phones for rent, in-room Web TV (again, it's being billed as the first hotel in the city to offer this), in-room offices, and advanced fiber optics in the meeting rooms (which total 2,300 square feet).

www.fastcompany.com Want to learn how other companies make sure their internal meetings aren't a waste of time? Check out a personal favorite of our editors, www.fast company.com, where you'll find examples ranging from Fed Ex's daily operations review meeting (talk about a company that has to keep its meetings on time!) to Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers' breakfast meetings. Another plus: The magazine's archives are searchable and downloadable. Also, check out the chats: Fast Company is way ahead of the magazine pack in building an online community of readers.