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Ssw Presents Email Etiquette

  1. 1. presents<br />Email etiquette training<br />
  2. 2. NEED OF E-MAIL ETIQUETTES<br />Professionalism: by using proper email language your company will convey a professional image.<br />Efficiency: emails that get to the point are much more effective than poorly worded emails. <br />Protection from liability: employee awareness of email risks will protect your company from costly law suits. <br />
  3. 3. What are the etiquette rules?<br />There are many etiquette guides and many different etiquette rules. Some rules will differ according to the nature of your business and the corporate culture. Below is list what is consider as the 32 most important email etiquette rules that apply to nearly all companies.<br />
  4. 4. Be concise and to the point:Do not make an e-mail longer than it needs to be. <br />Answer all questions: An email reply must answer all questions, which will not only save yours and you customer’s time but also your customer will be impressed with your efficient service.<br />Use proper spelling, grammar & punctuation: Improper spelling, grammar and punctuation give a bad impression of your company, it is also important for conveying the message properly. <br />Make it personal: Not only should the e-mail be personally addressed, it should also include personal i.e. customized content. <br />
  5. 5. Use templates for frequently used responses: Some questions you get over and over again, Save these texts as response templates and paste these into your message when you need them. <br />Answer swiftly: Each business e-mail should be replied to within at least 24 hours, and preferably within the same working day. <br />Do not attach unnecessary files: Wherever possible try to compress attachments and only send attachments when they are productive. <br />Use proper structure & layout: Use short paragraphs and blank lines between each paragraph. When making points, number them or mark each point as separate to keep the overview. <br />
  6. 6. Do not overuse the high priority option: If you overuse the high priority option, it will lose its function when you really need it. <br />Do not write in CAPITALS: This can be highly annoying and might trigger an unwanted response in the form of a flame mail. Therefore, try not to send any email text in capitals.<br />Don't leave out the message thread: When you reply to an email, you must include the original mail in your reply, in other words click 'Reply', instead of 'New Mail'.<br />Add disclaimers to your emails: It is important to add disclaimers to your internal and external mails, since this can help protect your company from liability. <br />
  7. 7. Read the email before you send it: It is very important to read the email before sending as it can prevent it from spelling and grammatical mistakes and thus, helps you sending a more effective message.<br />Do not overuse Reply to All: Only use Reply to All if you really need your message to be seen by each person who received the original message. <br />Mailings > use the Bcc: field or do a mail merge: Using Bcc: field or do a mail merge can help a lot to make the mail personalized.<br />Take care with abbreviations and emotions: In business emails, try not to use abbreviations such as BTW (by the way) and LOL (laugh out loud). If you are not sure whether your recipient knows what it means, it is better not to use it.<br />
  8. 8. Be careful with formatting: Remember that when you use formatting in your emails, the sender might not be able to view formatting, or might see different fonts than you had intended. <br />Take care with rich text and HTML messages: Be aware that when you send an email in rich text or HTML format, the sender might only be able to receive plain text emails. <br />Do not forward chain letters: Do not forward chain letters. All of them are hoaxes. Just delete the letters as soon as you receive them.<br />Do not request delivery and read receipts: If you want to know whether an email was received it is better to ask the recipient to let you know if it was received.<br />
  9. 9. Do not ask to recall a message: It is better just to send an email to say that you have made a mistake. This will look much more honest than trying to recall a message.<br />Do not copy a message or attachment without permission: Do not copy a message or attachment belonging to another user without permission of the originator. <br />Do not use email to discuss confidential information: Sending an email is like sending a postcard. If you don't want your email to be displayed on a bulletin board, don't send it. <br />Use a meaningful subject: Try to use a subject that is meaningful to the recipient as well as yourself. <br />
  10. 10. Use active instead of passive: Try to use the active voice of a verb wherever possible. For instance, 'We will process your order today', sounds better than 'Your order will be processed today'. <br />Avoid using URGENT and IMPORTANT: Even more so than the high-priority option, you must at all times try to avoid these types of words in an email or subject line. <br />Avoid long sentences: Try to keep your sentences to a maximum of 15-20 words. Email is meant to be a quick medium and requires a different kind of writing than letters.<br />Don't send or forward emails containing libelous, defamatory, offensive, racist or obscene remarks: By sending or even just forwarding one libelous, or offensive remark in an email, you and your company can face court cases resulting in multi-million dollar penalties. <br />
  11. 11. Don't forward virus hoaxes and chain letters: If you receive an email message warning you of a new unstoppable virus that will immediately delete everything from your computer, this is most probably a hoax. Don’t forward them.<br />Keep your language gender neutral: Apart from using he/she in an email, we can also use the neutral gender: <br />Don't reply to Spam: By replying to Spam or by unsubscribe, you are confirming that your email address is 'live'. Confirming this will only generate even more Spam. Therefore, just hit the delete button or use email software to remove Spam automatically.<br />Use cc: field sparingly: Try not to use the cc: field unless the recipient in the cc: field knows why they are receiving a copy of the message. <br />
  12. 12. How to enforce email etiquette? <br />Create a written Email Policy: It should include all the do's and don'ts concerning the use of the company's email system and should be distributed amongst all employees. <br />Proper Training: Employees must be trained to fully understand the importance of email etiquette. <br />Implementation of the rules: It can be monitored by using Email Management Software and Email Response Tools.<br />
  13. 13. Practical communication principles (PCPs). <br />(Based on experiences and some documents)<br />PCP1:Thank, acknowledge and support people freely.<br />Ex1: I like your comment Ex2: I agree with so. Ex3: Thanks…<br />In computer conference, you cannot see other people nod their heads smile or greet you. If you don’t receive an acknowledgement of a message, you feel ignored. People should know that they have been appreciated.<br />PCP2: Acknowledge before differ.<br />Ex1: what I think you mean? Ex2: Have I got that right? Ex3: my own view differs as follows.<br />If you disagree with someone. Start by briefly restating what the other person has said. The person then knows that you are trying to understand him, and is thus in a better position to take your view seriously.<br />
  14. 14. PCP3: Speak from your own perspective:<br />Ex1: here’s how I see? Ex2: how I feel about? <br /><ul><li>You can present other views with a direct quote like:
  15. 15. “ As so and so said in ex. “.
  16. 16. Don’t generalize: Ex: “ it is a fact that … “
  17. 17. If something is put as an absolute, there is no room for anyone else’s perspective.</li></li></ul><li>General Format: The Basics<br />Write a salutation for each new subject email.<br />Try to keep the email brief (one screen length).<br />Return emails within the same time you would a phone call.<br />Check for punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors<br />Use caps only when appropriate.<br />Format your email for plain text rather than HTML.<br />Use a font that has a professional or neutral look.<br />
  18. 18. General Format: Character Spacing<br />Try to keep your line length at 80 characters or less.<br />If your message is likely to be forwarded, keep it to 60 characters or less.<br />Set your email preferences to automatically wrap outgoing plain text messages.<br />
  19. 19. General Format: Lists and Bullets<br />For example,<br />Place the paper in drawer A.<br />Click the green “start” button.<br />Another example, <br />Improve customer satisfaction.<br />Empower employees.<br />When you are writing directions or want to emphasize important points, number your directions or bullet your main points.<br />
  20. 20. General Format: Tone<br />Write in a positive tone<br /> “When you complete the report.” instead of “If you complete the report.”<br />Avoid negative words that begin with “un, non, ex” or that end with “less” (useless, non-existent, ex-employee, undecided).<br />Use contractions to add a friendly tone.<br /> (don’t, won’t, can’t).<br />
  21. 21. Attachments<br />When you are sending an attachment tell your respondent what the name of the file is, what program it is saved in, and the version of the program.<br />“This file is in MSWord 2000 under the name “LabFile.”<br />
  22. 22. When your message is long<br />Create an “elevator” summary.<br />Provide a table of contents on the first screen of your email.<br />If you require a response from the reader then be sure to request that response in the first paragraph of your email.<br />Create headings for each major section.<br />
  23. 23. Elevator Summary and Table of Contents<br />An elevator summary should have all the main components of the email.<br />“Our profit margin for the last quarter went down 5%. As a result I am proposing budget adjustment for the following areas…”<br />Table of contents<br />“This email contains<br />A. Budget projections for the last quarter<br />B. Actual performance for the last quarter<br />C. Adjustment proposal<br />D. Projected profitability”<br />
  24. 24. Delivering Information About Meetings, Orientations, Processes<br />Include an elevator summary and table of contents with headings.<br />Provide as much information as possible.<br />Offer the reader an opportunity to receive the information via mail if the email is too confusing.<br />
  25. 25. Delivering Bad News<br />Deliver the news up front.<br />Avoid blaming statements.<br />Avoid hedging words or words that sound ambiguous.<br />Maintain a positive resolve.<br />
  26. 26. Delivering Bad News<br />Deliver the news up front:<br />“We are unable to order new computers this quarter due to budget cuts.”<br />Avoid blaming:<br />“I think it will be hard to recover from this, but what can I do to help?”<br />Avoid using “weasel words” or hedging:<br />“Our pricing structure is outdated.”<br />More examples of hedging are:<br />Intents and purposes<br />Possibly, most likely<br />Perhaps, maybe<br />
  27. 27. Writing a complaint <br />Show why it is critical for the problem to be resolved by your reader.<br />Offer suggestions on ways you think it can be resolved or how you are willing to help in the matter.<br />You should briefly state the history of the problem to provide context for your reader.<br />Explain the attempts you made previously to resolve the problem.<br />
  28. 28. Writing a complaint<br />Show attempts made by you thus far to resolve the issue:<br />“I have offered two alternatives for officer selection that still involves the votes of the members but both have been rejected by the executive board.”<br />Briefly state the history:<br />“The current way we choose officers for our organization is not democratic. As a result, we have a popularity contest that does not always get us the best candidates.”<br />
  29. 29. Writing a complaint<br />Show why it is important for your reader to get involved:<br />“This is a problem for two reasons. First, I am concerned that the executive board no longer protects the interests of the organization and that their actions are not in keeping with the constitution of the organization.<br />Second, there have been a number of complaints from the members who feel that their concerns and preferences are not being addressed by the executive board, which decreases morale and productivity.”<br />
  30. 30. Writing a complaint<br />Ask for help and offer a resolution:<br />“Please let me know what other options I may have overlooked. I am willing to meet with the department head and the executive board to seek out a solution that is fair to the members and is good for the business of the organization. ”<br />
  31. 31. Do not take your reader by surprise or press them to the wall<br />Do not wait until the end of the day to introduce a problem or concern via memo or email.<br />Avoid writing a litany of concerns that you have been harboring for a long period of time.<br />
  32. 32. When Email Won’t Work<br />There are times when you need to take your discussion out of the virtual world and make a phone call.<br />If things become very heated, a lot of misunderstanding occurs, or when you are delivering very delicate news then the best way is still face-to face.<br />
  33. 33. Poor Usage Examples<br />No subject line<br />
  34. 34. Poor Usage<br />Action required and key points are hidden in the message<br />
  35. 35. Poor Usage<br /> <br />-----Original Message-----<br />From: <br />Sent: Monday, January 08, 2001 5:46 PM<br />To: IMS Operations<br />Subject: Information<br /> <br />I will be gone all day Tuesday/01-9-01 at an Operations Offsite Staff Meeting.<br />I will be accessible via cell or pager listed below-<br /> <br />Thanks<br />Misusing the global distribution list<br />
  36. 36. Use Smart Subject Lines<br />Good Subject Line Examples<br /><ul><li>FYI ONLY: Meeting minutes from 3/14 discussion
  37. 37. WSR: Joe Smith – Operations WW17
  38. 38. ARs Included: Minutes from MRC, all ARs due Friday 4/1
  39. 39. DISTRIBUTE: Program POR updated & related information
  40. 40. Bob, Joe: need you at noon meeting Wed w/ your updates
  41. 41. AGENDA: Staff meeting Thurs 3/12 10:00 pm
  42. 42. Mary: I will attend the WW FTF & present summary. (EOM)</li></ul>Poor Subject Line Examples<br /><ul><li>Weekly Minutes
  43. 43. Here are the URLs
  44. 44. Re: presentation
  45. 45. (blank subject line)
  46. 46. Unrelated subject line – sending an email with an old subject line that does not relate to this message</li></li></ul><li>Reducing the Load<br />Overloaded – system & recipient<br />Use text messages every time you can<br />Status Reports, Meeting Minutes, Trip Reports, Simple Proposals<br />Use formatted documents when necessary<br />Spreadsheets, presentations, formal documents<br />Stop replies before they start<br />If a reply is not required, end your message with “(Reply Not Necessary)”<br />
  47. 47. General Tips<br />Font:<br />Use standard font throughout the message content<br />Avoid colored fonts in a professional email<br />Be very specific with the use of bold, italic or underline font style<br />Keep the size of the font visible and constant<br />Paragraph and line spacing should be legitimate and visually appealing<br />Avoid short forms or slang (e.g. ‘u’ instead of ‘you’, ‘y’ instead of ‘why’, ‘r’ instead of ‘are’, etc)<br />
  48. 48. Thank You<br />

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