Recently, I’ve noticed a trend of incoming commentary pushing back against e-mail etiquette.
From one-liner e-mails with no greetings:
“…e-mail after all is only extended IM.”
Or, even comments about:
“…why take the time to type all this ancillary ‘nicey’ stuff? Just type what you mean and that should be good enough!”
“Nicey” stuff? Really? Have we really become so isolated in our devices that we think “nicey” stuff is no longer worth our time? I sure hope not!
In a civilized society many times only what you are willing to do just it isn’t enough — period! As a human being each of us is obligated to be courteous and thoughtful when communicating with each other. To think the basics of a “Hello” or “thanks for your help” no longer matter is an incorrect assumption — it does matter.
Or that taking the time to spell-check and proofread your e-mails to ensure your message is concise, with the intended tone is not necessary, only leads to unintended misunderstandings and disputes.
There are some that believe by not making little courtesy efforts or taking the minuscule amount of time they require to integrate is allot to do about nothing. Unfortunately, they will find out the hard way when they don’t get that job, they don’t land the customer, they don’t gain new contacts or online friends or are not taken seriously.
E-mail Etiquette, as does any other form of etiquette, exists as a way to reflect your respect and courtesy for others. The day you feel that courtesy is no longer worth your effort or a necessary consideration and that only what you want to do or are willing to do is sufficient, is the day that you leave part of your humanity behind.
There is nothing wrong nor is it a waste of time to to use technology properly and to make sure that your actions are perceived positively by the those you communicate with. To reflect respect and courtesy for those you communicate with, to me (and to those you communicate with), is time well spent.