The Curse Of Confusing Emails

from the learn-to-write-clearly! dept

Apparently the new scourge of the workplace is difficult to decipher emails.  A recent survey suggests that 40% people end up wasting half an hour to three hours a day trying to understand "inefficiently" written emails.  It makes you wonder what's wrong with replying and asking for clarification -- but maybe that's included in the time wasting aspect of it all.  In the meantime, this seems like a worthy subject for our own totally unscientific (and somewhat silly) poll.  So, have at it: How Much Time Do You Waste With Confusing Emails?  And, if you need help in writing emails more "efficiently," perhaps you should talk to some of those kids who are text messaging all the time.  After all, their writing skills have apparently improved.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Nov 2005 @ 5:25am

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    I try to write my emails so that they are as confusing as possible.

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    Mousky, 1 Nov 2005 @ 6:13am

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    Ugh. That is one poorly written blog entry at ZDNet. First, the title is incorrect. It should be 40% not 65%. Second, it's not clear if the 40% represents a percentage of the 65% of respondents that spend from 1 to 3 hours per day reading and writing emails or if it is 40% of all respondents. I would expect this kind of 'quality' at digg.com

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      twiny, 1 Nov 2005 @ 8:29am

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      Um, I'm sorry, can you clarify?

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        Decembrina C Tibay, 26 Aug 2006 @ 2:03am

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        Re: No Subject Given by twiny on Nov 1st, 2005 @ 8:29am
        Um, I'm sorry, can you clarify?The Curse Of Confusing Emails
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        from the learn-to-write-clearly! dept
        Apparently the new scourge of the workplace is difficult to decipher emails. A recent survey suggests that 40% people end up wasting half an hour to three hours a day trying to understand "inefficiently" written emails. It makes you wonder what's wrong with replying and asking for clarification -- but maybe that's included in the time wasting aspect of it all. In the meantime, this seems like a worthy subject for our own totally unscientific (and somewhat silly) poll. So, have at it: How Much Time Do You Waste With Confusing Emails? And, if you need help in writing emails more "efficiently," perhaps you should talk to some of those kids who are text messaging all the time. After all, their writing skills have apparently improved.

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        rn-to-write-clearly! dept
        Apparently the new scourge of the workplace is difficult to decipher emails. A recent survey suggests that 40% people end up wasting half an hour to three hours a day trying to understand "inefficiently" written emails. It makes you wonder what's wrong with replying and asking for clarification -- but maybe that's included in the time wasting aspect of it all. In the meantime, this seems like a worthy subject for our own totally unscientific (and somewhat silly) poll. So, have at it: How Much Time Do You Waste With Confusing Emails? And, if you need help in writing emails more "efficiently," perhaps you should talk to some of those kids who are text messaging all the time. After all, their writing skills have apparently improved.

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    blah, 1 Nov 2005 @ 10:45am

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    "Here are the full related emails from you, which don't have history in them of
    shutdown of system and you sent below that you are working on Apache so
    that's why this email used"

    Actual email I got.

    Perhaps it's because a lot of us work with Indians that cannot write a proper email to begin with. Like it or not, the language barrier does exist and sometimes it can impede progress.

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    Reg Braithwaite, 1 Nov 2005 @ 10:58am

    Writing sensible email messages

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    Jimi Barnhardt, 1 Nov 2005 @ 10:59am

    wasted time on email

    my way is tell everyone "Make it simple stupid"

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Nov 2005 @ 11:34am

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    The most confusing part is when people pluralize the word 'email', like it's a new word to blindly pluralize.

    So I saw some deers on the roads while I was out getting the mails ...

    Really, any confusion depends on similarly bad grammar. I find myself asking if the writer was asking a statement or if he was stating a question, but that's usually the most confusing part.

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