Question of the Week
What E-Mail Practices of Co-Workers, Clients Drive You Nuts?
Posted Sep 2, 2009 2:55 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui
An accountant in New Zealand was fired over her "confrontational" use of formatting—type that was red, boldface, all-caps or combinations of the three (a la Ellen Barshevsky, one commenter noted)—in e-mail messages to her co-workers. Her employer asserted that her messages caused disharmony in the workplace. But she fought back, and last month she was awarded $17,500 for unfair dismissal.
Work would be easy if everyone were in complete agreement on how e-mail should be used and related etiquette. But there are always some style clashes that will never be resolved. So tell us: What e-mail quirks of co-workers and clients drive you crazy? Cheesy signatures? A tendency to cc everyone on staff on everything? A tendency to never check e-mail?
Answer in the comments below.
Read answers to last week's question: What Unusual Amenities Do Your Firms/Offices Have?
Posted by a247: "A soda vending machine in the lunchroom that, for 50 cents when you press the button labled 'out of order', dispenses Labatt Blue BEER. (A liquor law firm owns the floor and arranges this nice fringe benefit.)"