Much of what I type and write about in regard to E-mail Etiquette, if you think about it, really boils down to being polite and reflecting courtesy for others. The formal definition of etiquette is “rules governing socially acceptable behavior.”
Being we live in an “all about me” culture, that train of thought seems?foreign to many. They just want to do what they want to do without regard or having to think about anyone else. Being perceived negatively due to a? lack of e-mail etiquette is not a care for a healthy number of onliners.
Today, I would like to share with you one of my favorite quotes on the topic of politeness:
POLITENESS USUALLY BEGINS AT
HOME OR IT DOESN’T BEGIN AT ALL.
Politeness to others is usually born out of respect for the individual, which you learn as a child. When you are treated with respect by other members of the family, you learn to respect them as well. The self-esteem that results from being recognized as a unique person by the people who matter most to you helps you develop the confidence necessary to succeed later in life. Politeness and consideration for others are habits that-once developed-usually stay with you for a lifetime. While common courtesy may seem relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it is a reflection of more basic values. More important, if you develop the habit of respecting others, you are likely to command respect from them. ~ Napoleon Hill
Courtesy and politeness should apply to all aspects of life. And that goes for your e-mail activities as well.