E-mailing is a fact of life at work and trying to get work, whether you bumble or rip through the keys. Of 250 executives interviewed by The Creative Group (creativegroup.com), 80 percent reported e-mail bloopers.
One executive reported that an employee sent him his resume when he meant to send it elsewhere. Another employee e-mailed a job offer to the wrong applicant. Another broadcasted confidential salary information all over the company. Yet another e-mailed a nasty remark about his supervisor and shortly found himself without a job. Then there was the person who drafted an angry communication with a customer, planning not to send it. But he did.
These incidents tell you:
- Not to use e-mail at work to job hunt.
- To rehearse angry retorts in Word or WordPerfect, not e-mail.
- Verify addresses before you send anything out.
The Creative Group advises you not to "hit 'send' when you're seething" and beware of sending carbons or hitting "reply-all." In sensitive situations, don't put your distribution list in until after you've entered a message. You're more likely to say what you need to say and select the correct recipients whether you're job hunting or job keeping.
Dr. Mildred Culp welcomes your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2009 Passage Media.