NSFW = Not Safe For Work?

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I was interviewed recently on my view in regard to the use of the acronym NSFW. Apparently some felt that an acronym noting “Not Safe For Work”, is necessary when sending e-mail to those they knew were at work to warn them that the content or links contained within were of a questionable nature and not proper for the work environment.

My reaction was there is no need for such an acronym. By virtue of having to type it should tell any rational thinking person that they should have enough common sense and respect to not send e-mails with questionable content to someone’s work e-mail.

Shouldn’t we use some common sense instead of labeling something with an acronym? Adding an acronym does not relieve you of the responsibility of your actions. How about when you wonder if an e-mail is appropriate for the work environment you either send to a personal address or if you don’t have it, you ask the recipient what their personal address is? I’m just sayin’ …

And, to those who have others sending you e-mails that reflect this acronym to warn you, you should be a responsible employee and tell the Sender to no longer use your business e-mail address for anything not business related.

At that time you can also provide your personal e-mail address for e-mails of that nature. Don’t have a personal address? Get one — there are several decent choices: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!.

It amazes me in this day and time that we spend so much time creating ways to justify things we know we shouldn’t be doing in the first place! How about this? Using company e-mail for anything other than company business should include this acronym:

IUE (Irresponsible Unreliable Employee).

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