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(Daily Mail)   Four things you should never say in a work email. Missing from the list: ending an email to your boss with "I love you"   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2018-08-09 09:12:34 PM  
I get emails meant for the Chief of Parole all the time; we share the same first name, and our last names start with the same first three letters. One of them was once a very un-HR castigation of staff that wasn't afraid to make threats and call them out. To one another as they were all copied on the email from their boss; the person sending it also included all parole staff and I was CCd by mistake. That was a fun one to forward to the right person.
 
2018-08-09 10:13:43 PM  
More than once I've signed off as Pert rather than Pete. I think I've caught it each time, but I just can't be sure.
 
2018-08-09 10:20:15 PM  
Here's my porn collection.
 
2018-08-09 10:24:14 PM  
Be careful when responding to long email chains?  I've seen a friend of mine called a biatch and also a couple of employees flirting and hooking up.  All buried in long chains where I guess one party or another stopped paying attention and then included everyone back into the chain.

Oh, and pubic vs public is a typo that spellcheck doesn't catch.  Yikes.
 
2018-08-09 10:26:58 PM  

thisispete: More than once I've signed off as Pert rather than Pete. I think I've caught it each time, but I just can't be sure.


Adding a custom autocorrect entry might help. I work with people from about twenty countries including many in Asia, and I've found the time spent customizing my dictionary and autocorrect (including removing many default entries) to be a wise investment.
 
2018-08-09 10:32:25 PM  
Gushy and superlative language is bad enough when spoken, but it's especially cringing when you read it in a work email. About 15 years ago I spent a lot of time coaching someone on my team, who was very smart and capable, to get her out of the habit of writing things like "thank you sooo much" or "that's super!" in email. People treat you in the manner that you project, and people treated her like a teenager. As her written communication become more professional, people treated her as such.
 
2018-08-09 10:35:30 PM  

BretMavrik: thisispete: More than once I've signed off as Pert rather than Pete. I think I've caught it each time, but I just can't be sure.

Adding a custom autocorrect entry might help. I work with people from about twenty countries including many in Asia, and I've found the time spent customizing my dictionary and autocorrect (including removing many default entries) to be a wise investment.


And it would mitigate the embarrassment of drunkenly complimenting a colleague on her firm, pete breasts.
 
2018-08-09 10:39:53 PM  
If I'm responding to someone I mirror their level of formality. If it's someone I don't know I lead off with Ms./Mr. (Last name). If I can't determine a gender I don't use a salutation at all.

I always sign off with "Thanks".

After that I mirror the person I'm talking too, usually that means going to first names.
 
2018-08-09 10:45:26 PM  
Ending your emails with "Yours in Christ," really freaks 'em out too.
/seemed funny at the time
 
2018-08-09 10:45:57 PM  
Don't use exclamation points!  Nothing drives me crazy like having to route mass emails/online postings through corporate and having them add exclamation points on my behalf.
 
2018-08-09 11:11:42 PM  
Knew some young lenders that accidentally included their boss in a profanity-laden email chain. They were gone quickly.

Missing? "Please do the needful."
 
2018-08-10 01:36:36 AM  
I once had an asshole boss named "Angus".
I would deliberately misspell his name (dropped the 'g') on occasion.  Not enough to make it look deliberate,  mind you.
 
2018-08-10 06:32:37 AM  

Loan Starr: Be careful when responding to long email chains?  I've seen a friend of mine called a biatch and also a couple of employees flirting and hooking up.  All buried in long chains where I guess one party or another stopped paying attention and then included everyone back into the chain.

Oh, and pubic vs public is a typo that spellcheck doesn't catch.  Yikes.


A friend of mine responded to an email without removing the "can you deal with this? This guy is so annoying." that was sent by a higher-up.
 
2018-08-10 08:21:57 AM  
I was in the middle of an IM conversation with my wife (who worked for the same company, but in a different location) and was about to say "I love you" when I got an IM from my team lead. New IM window popped up and my cursor moved to the new window right away so by the time I pressed enter, I'd typed "I love you!" to my team lead.

His response was: "um?"

Once I let him know what was up, we both had a good laugh.
 
2018-08-10 09:07:57 AM  
I worked at a place that, through a series of decisions were weren't thought through, left the sun facing window blinds open for the skyline view even though the glare created on our monitors meant we couldn't read text.

An office wide email was sent advising that the blinds would be removed  if employee continued to close them. I intended to respond to the supervisor who posted the message on behalf of the big kahuna that I wasn't able to read the message because of the glare on my monitor. But I clicked reply to all because of the glare, copying the pompous ass who made the decree.

I've also been known to enter snide remarks in white text after an excessive number of new lines below my sig to decrease the potential for seeing it when selecting text. More often, I enter DUH in the style of typist initials when the message is dumb enough.

/I like to keep my passive aggressive strong
 
2018-08-10 09:37:39 AM  

Boudyro: If I'm responding to someone I mirror their level of formality. If it's someone I don't know I lead off with Ms./Mr. (Last name). If I can't determine a gender I don't use a salutation at all.

I always sign off with "Thanks".

After that I mirror the person I'm talking too, usually that means going to first names.


https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-li​v​e/video/pat-at-the-office/n9988
 
2018-08-10 10:44:24 AM  
They should have rules like this for people who write stupid articles.

1.  Don't
 
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