3 worst email mistakes even seasoned professionals make (and how to fix them)
Whether you dread them or love them, emails help you get the job done. And since we use email so often at work, it's easy to make a mistake every once in a while. Some are more harmful than others. Here are 3 of the worst email mistakes, and how to fix them.
1. Bad spelling and grammar.
You're in a rush or maybe you're just unsure of what "there" to use. Either way, you're sending a bad message emails with bad spelling and grammar.
How to fix it: Download an add-on like "Grammarly" to help you check your emails as you're writing them!
2. Forgetting to attach an attachment.
When sending back and forth documents, it's easy to forget to attach something every once in a while. But forgetting to attach can annoy the other person and make it that much longer to get the paperwork back.
How to fix it: If you use Microsoft Outlook, writing the word "attached" will prompt a message if you try to send the email without an attachment. If you don't use Outlook, try enabling delay send so you can catch your mistake and undo send.
3. Forgetting to reply!
Missing an email can make you miss a deadline or miss out on an important update or opportunity.
How to fix it: Change your inbox strategy. Don't read emails until you've responded to them — or if you need to read them and respond later, mark them as unread once you're done. Organize emails in a way that works for you! Doing a quick inbox review at the start and end of the day will definitely give you piece of mind.
What's the worst email mistake you've made? What are your strategies for avoiding email mistakes?