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Top Ten Email Pet Peeves

Don’t you hate when you open your e-mail inbox and it is filled with e-mails you think are important only to find out that they are stories or poems and end with “if you don’t send this to so many people, you will have years of bad luck”! Please don’t waste my time! I now refuse to scroll down to the bottom and read that line and don’t pass it on either! E-mail pet peeve number 1…

Another pet peeve I have regarding e-mail is getting e-cards! To me, it is the height of laziness and I am completely unimportant to you if you can’t spend a dollar at the dollar store and fifty seven cents on a stamp to send me a Birthday Card. I think that e-cards are meaningless and quite frankly, insulting. If you are trying to be green, good for you, so call me instead! E-mail pet peeve number 2…

Don’t use e-mail to cancel plans! I hate when people can’t pick up the phone to tell you that your meeting or lunch date is cancelled because something came up but, instead, send you an e-mail that you happen to open as you are on your way to the meeting or restaurant. It is inconsiderate at the least. E-mail is not a good way to cancel plans. E-mail pet peeve number 3…

Text “language” is best left for cell phones! Don’t e-mail me a business reply and use “u” instead of you or “C” instead of see. It is so unprofessional! When you are texting shortcuts are acceptable and that is why most blackberry’s have a little blurb at the bottom of your messages saying that this was sent from your Blackberry so the receiver understands why the message is short but sweet. Keep the cute little shortcut words for when you are texting or using your Blackberry to reply. Otherwise, keep your e-mails professionally written as you would if you had typed the response on your company letterhead. E-mail pet peeve number 4…

If you are sending an attachment, take a moment and make sure it is attached or enclosed! There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for a picture or a document via e-mail and you open it up and there is no attachment. It is about as useful as sending a letter in the mail and forgetting to add a stamp. It delays the transfer of important information and then you are stuck trying to get a hold of the sender to resend the attachment. E-mail pet peeve number 5…

Always include a signature line. It is frustrating when you receive an e-mail and need to call the person to follow up but the have not added a signature line including their phone/cell numbers or other important contact information. It is easy to set up and ensures you are reachable! E-mail pet peeve number 6…

It is always a good idea to spell check your e-mails before hitting that send button. There is nothing (except some of the above mentioned) more frustrating than trying to decipher an e-mail because there are so many grammatical and spelling errors. Set it up so your e-mail is automatically spell checked before sending any e-mails out! E-mail pet peeve number 7…

I have to admit I find it a bit insulting when you request a read receipt from me and I almost always refuse. If you don’t believe I am going to respond then don’t e-mail me in the first place. E-mail pet peeve number 8…

Do you have to change your font and font colour to something totally unreadable? Black backgrounds with bright coloured fonts are not cute, they are irritating and hard to read. I have actually closed and disregarded e-mails in this style. Try to be grown up when choosing font styles and background colours. Keep the flashy ones for your kids! E-mail pet peeve number 9…

And, finally, my biggest e-mail pet peeve is when you add me to your address list for junk or joke mail. Please don’t feel free to add me to that or to pass my e-mail address on to anyone you think might like to e-mail me. It is like giving them my phone number or my mailing address. If you think I might like to become and e-mail friend with one of your colleagues, please check with me first!

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