Memos are part and parcel of company life. Let us show you how to write a good and effective memo.

Memos are part and parcel of company life. Let us show you how to write a good and effective memo.

More from WSJ.com: How to Identify Industries That Are Hiring how to Make the Most of a Furlough Layoff Rumors? Get Ready To Get Busy provided by A memo can be a good way to disseminate information to a large group of employees. The most effective memos cover new initiatives, policies, programs or events. They also outline company problems and propose solutions. But your employees read dozens, if not hundreds, of messages from colleagues, clients and customers every day. You want your employees to read your memos in their entirety and finish with a clear idea of the message, so don’t bombard readers with minutiae. First, consider whether a memo is actually needed. Is the message geared toward a small number of specialized employees? Is the proposed memo discussing a low-stakes development? If so, the “memo” label can feel stale and over-used. To flag reader interest or upd...

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