TL;DR – How to up your email game.
Email correspondence ain’t the easiest – you can’t always guess if the sender’s angry or just sounds very serious/ official. Also, should we use emoticons or not?
Here are our two cents on the words you should STOP using when emailing at work:
1) Thx, l8r, CU and all the other abbreviations
It’s work so keep it professional.
2) Just wanted to check in
This just screams passive-agressive for “Why are you not replying me?!”
Cause it doesn’t actually mean anything. Like literally.
4) Kind of/ sort of
So is it a yes or no? Make up your mind!
5) Apologising unnecessarily
“Sorry I can’t do Monday, how about Tuesday”? Sounds familiar? But why do you have to apologise for this? Did you do something wrong? If not just “I can’t do Monday, what about Tuesday?” is fine.
6) Your mobile signature
Till today, I still don’t know if “Sent from my iPhone, please excuse any typos” is supposed to be funny or not because I don’t see any humour in it? Also, if you are using this to get away with typos because of sheer laziness, don’t. Don’t send anything you wouldn’t send when you’re typing your email “normally” at your computer.
7) Reply All happily
If the matter doesn’t involve everybody, then just reply the people involved. There’s no need to always reply all for the sake of doing so.
8) Do you have bandwidth?
Unless your correspondence is to your internet service provider, then simply “Do you have time?” will do.
9) Let’s touch base
Erm, what base are we talking about exactly?
And for the record,
10) 🙂 🙁 😛 and all the other emoticons
No, no and no.
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