In tough economic times, it’s especially important that you use every opportunity to make a good impression as an employee. An easy way to get recognized at work is by writing really effective emails. You won’t win any awards for it, but if your emails are always purposeful, organized, and clearly written, everyone will notice, including your boss.
Here are five “Never” and five “Always” to writing outstanding at-work emails:
- Never write an email when you’re angry or upset. This seems like common sense, but people do it even at work, especially in their reply emails.
- Never be cute. If you think what you’ve just written is really cute, delete it and rewrite. This includes using various facial expressions at the end of sentences. Save cute for personal emails.
- Never criticize using personal adjectives. I’ve rarely seen emails at work that personally attack people by name, but I’ve read a