Re: Do Not ‘Reply All’

Posted on January 29, 2009 
Filed Under General

Ever wonder who came up with those e-mail sending options? Probably not, but surely you use them all the time.  Whether you cc colleagues or clients, bcc your biggest in-office ally (or legal counsel), or have a penchant for including everyone you’ve ever met on e-mail chains, your use of the world’s most impersonal personal communications method is marked by e-mail functions.

Unless you work for Nielsen. According to recent reports, the company’s CIO has disabled the “Reply All” function on all corporate Outlook programs, making it that much harder for employees to 1.) Inundate every staffer’s inbox with unnecessary “Will do” or “Talk to you then” messages, 2.) Communicate private information to an audience of many or 3.) Completely humiliate yourself by accidentally sending a snarky comment about your boss’ new haircut to the entire office.

Will this move:

a.    Reduce non-essential messages and enforce e-mailing in moderation
b.    Add unnecessary busy work for employees who really do use the “Reply All” function correctly and with admirable self-control
c.    Become a cruel social experiment to see who in the organization goes postal first

Feel free to choose all that apply.

By Courtney Barnes

Comments

  • http://tifanei.blogspot.com Tifanei

    Ha ha, while C is amusing I’m definitely going to go with B. I frequently hit ‘reply all,’ because it’s useful and sometimes necessary. I have two jobs and I’m Vice President of a student org. I can safely say that I’ve used (tactful-ly) that button at least once in each office this week.

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