Better New Message notification
As an aid to better and more timely collaboration... I would like to suggest that a 'flashing banner' or something very noticeable be displayed on the user home page if they have a new message (something has been added to the inbox since they last logged in).
The red dot is useful, but I suspect it is generally not noticed by most users. If something more prominent was displayed, it would improve correspondence and turn around time on use communication.
If you have questions about my suggestion, please feel free to contact me.