We send and receive a lot of emails throughout our lifetime, mainly while at work. How many times have you wondered about the best way to respond to a work email? In general, emails tend to have their own language or dialect. Sometimes there’s an underlying tone behind the professional jargon of your email. Like any other form of communication, the language of email has unwritten rules that change over time.
Most people don’t think about their email closing lines or what kind of vibe they may give off. According to Preply, nearly half (46%) of people say they can tell a coworker’s mood based on their greetings and sign-offs. Meanwhile, only 37% of people admitted to tweaking their own closing lines to show frustration. They also mentioned that younger workers may more often express their feelings through email.
Looking closer at the study’s data on salutations, they mention corporate communication “faux pas.” Sixty-five percent of people want everyone to do away with using “sent from my phone, please excuse typos.” The results also show that Forty-two percent say emojis are never appropriate, while more than 50% think they are “sometimes okay.”
The most common sign-offs shown in the study include “thank you,” “thanks,” just your name, and “sincerely.” The surveyors considered those to be the “most uptight” sign-offs. When it comes to the “most savage” sign-offs or worst ways to end an email they found these phrases to be the worst ways to do it.
If you want to end a work email in the best way possible, the study found has some helpful tips. You may want to use phrases like “thanks,” “talk soon,” and “take care.”
The full study can be found here.
These are some of the worst ways to end work emails.