Do Your Emails Suck?

Your routine workplace emails might suck if you ignore the reality that every note you send a customer, colleague or manager can project your image of professionalism, competency and courtesy — or detract from it. So, if you don’t want your emails to suck, just avoid these worst practices:

  • Not asking if everyone on a large distribution list really needs or wants to see this message. 
  • Retaining long strings of email addresses that precede your actual message.
  • Using an ineffective subject line like ‘Report’ or, even worse, ‘no subject
  • Writing long, rambling sentences and paragraphs with multiple key points that make your message difficult to read and digest  in a hurry.
  • Using ALL CAPS or all lower case in stead of proper capitalization.
  • Including humor, sarcasm or slang that can be taken out of context, misinterpreted or appear unprofessional.
  • Not using white space, bullets, sub-heads  or other text breakers to make it easier for people to read your message … in a hurry. Especially on their phones.
  • Sounding too formal or stuffy with a message that should be more casual and conversational.
  • Attaching very long documents that could easily get caught in spam or security filters.

So, there you go — avoid these lame habits to project a more positive, professional and courteous image and create emails that don’t suck. Your readers will notice and appreciate the difference.