Remember Your P's and Q's When Sending Workplace Emails
If you're like most American workers, you likely spend a good bit of time every day sending and sifting through emails. In fact, research shows that the average employee spends nearly a quarter of his or her time each day dealing with more than 100 emails. While our personal online interactions commonly include emojis, acronyms, memes and GIFs, is it acceptable to use these inserts in your professional emails?
Before you get too comfortable throwing around acronyms like TY, LOL, or IDK or inserting witty memes from “The Office,” it seems we would be better served by minding our email manners. According to The Fundera Ledger's article "Professional Communication: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly," people who use this type of content are seen as less serious, intelligent, trustworthy and professional.
The takeaway here is that we should all be tapping into our inner Emily Post and keeping our work emails far away from these content “no-no’s”. Save it for your BFF. TTYL. 😊
(Fundera’s report was based on data from a survey of 1,000 adults in the United States who were asked to rank the appropriateness of various content types in work emails on a scale of 1 to 5.)