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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 11:46 AM
Email Blunders
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Smart piece by Jared Sandberg in today's Wall Street Journal on email gaffes. It's not the standard 'don't make them,' but what happens when you do. (BTW, his Cubicle Culture column on Tuesdays is always worth a read.)


Monica Ricci - 5/10/2006 11:06:36 PM
Let's just say that double and triple checking the "TO" line is a good habit to get into. Don't ask me how I know. La la la do dee do... Monica
greg - 3/3/2006 4:41:19 PM
What piece?

Hey, I'm only visiting!

Come and drink some english beer, you'll unders
greg - 3/3/2006 4:36:42 PM
Julie - your 24 hour rule - how flat is your emotional existence?
Jared - your'e a man! Hey that's great, so am I, get a grip my man, stop bleeding, make some mistakes, live to say, 'bugger me, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have done that', but I did and I have to start from where I am now.
As someone who has made a few mistakes and is still smiling, whilst working with difficult kids - maybe I didn't screw up that much 'e' me.

greg - 3/3/2006 4:23:51 PM
Now this could be fun - 24 get a job, stack shelves, clean cars, maybe you are too stupid to be in anything to do with law (you make decisions that affect peoples lives, or did you just think you screwed around until you got promoted/married/pregnant/intelligent
greg (ooh no capital) - 3/3/2006 4:19:38 PM
wanker, proves my/your point, I'm pissed
greg (ohh no capital) - 3/3/2006 4:18:16 PM
wanker, proves my/your point I'm pissed
David - 2/22/2006 12:56:10 PM
That was such a sad column, it's hard to know where to start. Jared Sandberg wants to make the point that writing inappropriate emails won't hurt your career, but he uses as an example a lawyer who doesn't yet have a career. So we can't know whether it will help or hurt.

The lawyer (Dianna Abdala) is starting her own practice, but right now is living off money provided by her parents. Does that mean she couldn't get another job, or just that she's 'plucky'?

Mr. Sandberg ends the column with this quote by Ms. Abdala: 'It really isn't going to affect my career,' says Ms. Abdala, 'and if it does, it's probably for the better.' It's hard to know if Mr. Sandberg is taking her seriously, which is hard to believe since, again, she's a 24-year-old law school graduate who doesn't yet have a career, or whether he's poking fun at her. Either way, I think the column was not up to the WSJ's, or Mr. Sandberg's, usual high standards.
Julie - 2/21/2006 10:06:14 PM
I always think it's wise to observe a 24-hour rule when sending an email with emotion, such as anger or disappointment. Since memorable emails have a way of taking on a life of their own, I try to sleep on messages (saved as Draft) that might end up being printed, posted, forwarded, or archived.


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