Are you an emailer from hell?

Are you guilty of sending candidates vague or shouty emails using exclamation marks, or with profound quotes?

Then you are an Emailer from Hell, according to

The office space firm recommends companies train staff in how to craft concise and professional emails that help to convey the right image of their company.

There are 10 categories of hellish emailers, according to

  1. The Shouty One. Every email they send ends with exclamation marks or will be in full caps. They fail to realise this is the digital equivalent to shouting in the recipient’s face.
  2. The Vague One. They reply to five questions with eight answers, but still not addressing the issues they were asked about.
  3. The Invisible One. This worker receives 50 emails a day and never seems to reply to any. They also tend to have cryptic email addresses that bear no resemblance to their name or their job, making them almost impossible to contact in the first place.
  4. The Abrupt One. While not necessarily rude, they are just in the habit of using as few words as possible. You might send them essays about your ideas and put an awful lot of time and effort to describing your deepest thoughts as coherently as possible, but you still get: “Sounds good.”
  5. The Oversharing One. Sometimes just apologising for a late reply is enough, you don’t always need to share the details of how your haemorrhoids are acting up today and you’ve been stuck in the toilet.
  6. The Texter. Emails should be concise and business-like, but many young professionals fail to grasp the difference between email and texting, so think it’s acceptable to include text speak such as WUU2? (What are you up to?) and BRB (Be Right Back), or worse. There’s no place for such acronyms in business emails.
  7. The Formal One. An email from them may feel like opening a letter from 1852. This ultra-polite emailer will address it with “Dear Sir or Madam” and sign off with “Yours with the deepest respect.” You may feel like responding with “Nigel, I’ve known you for 12 years, you don’t have to email me like this.”
  8. The Absent One. As soon as you hit send you get a response saying they are on holiday and will return last year. Yes, they still haven’t switched off their out of office from last summer. You can see them across the room but apparently, they’re not really there.
  9. The Comedian. These are the people who like to think they’re Ricky Gervais, but sadly they are more like his The Office alter ego David Brent. Their emails usually contain a lame gag and some boasts about their life away from the office. They fail to realise that no one is remotely interested.
  10. The Profound One. Amateur philosophers with inspirational quotes downloaded from the internet. They like to think they bring wisdom to the workplace but most people just find them tedious.


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