You are smart, talented, sassy and ambitious. You know you should be promoted at work, but do you LOOK promotable? Does your communication read “promote me” or does it read “No, I don’t know how I’ve held onto this job so long either.”
Consider that Bob, your former best friend at work, may have accidentally forwarded your email to him, over to your mutual boss.
Dude, I totally hate this project! — Get me out of here!!!
Yes, the truth will set you free. And it will also get you fired.
How do avoid this happening?
Stop emailing, tweeting, face booking anything derogatory about your job. Bitch to friends, in person, at a bar your managers do not frequent.
Consider breaking the e-mail forwarding habit. Write up a brand new email rather than perpetuating the forwarding chain. Too often we get in the habit of just blindly forwarding emails, and we don’t pay attention to what lurks at the bottom of a long back-and-forth electronic conversation.
What did Bob originally say? How did you originally respond? Does it matter anymore? Will it end up appearing as if you are criticizing your boss even if your are just agreeing withBob (by way of a smiley face) that your boss is a pointy-head idiot?
Emails, in the early days, acted like business letters and looked like business letters. You may want to bring some of that back to your computer world.
Stuffy? Adult? You bet. Work takes place in a different sandbox, one the cat does not use on the off hours. Suck it up and work to employ real grammar and sensible syntax in your email.
Check for capitalization, commas, or to see if any of those small words: the, a, an, its, have been abandoned — if so, please bring them back, they deserve to be seen. Don’t forget the periods to mark the end of your original, insightful idea. And spend about seven seconds reviewing an email before sending. Is the tone OK? Email is brutally short, and if you are not careful, it can be read as just brutal. Make sure you didn’t add any written eye rolling. We aren’t looking to save other people; we are looking to make you look smart, sassy and eligible for promotion.
Email me and tell me how it went.
For more information: read Don’t Write Like You Talk