Is e-mail putting your firm at risk? Before you send -- or delete -- that e-mail, read this.

A survey on workplace e-mail and instant messaging makes an inbox sound like a scary place. According to a poll of 840 companies by the American Management Association and The ePolicy Institute, one in five U.S. companies has had employee e-mail subpoenaed in the course of a lawsuit or regulatory investigation, and another 13 percent have battled workplace lawsuits triggered by employee e-mail.

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