Thursday, August 16, 2012

Email Return Receipts. Sorry, They're Arrogant

Pet Peeve:
Ever open an email and get one of these?

Whenever someone sends a return receipt for an email, it smacks of arrogance and mistrust. It tells me that the person who sent the email is already looking to nail you to the wall before you even respond.

I'm not going to sugar coat this; I get really annoyed when I see one of these infernal messages when I open an email. And I ALWAYS ANSWER NO.

I pride myself on being a total professional at my job and always respond to all messages promptly and courteously. There's no need for the sender to have feedback on when or whether I read their oh so important message.

If you're one of these folks who send these, please stop. You come off as a self-important tool.

1 comment:

  1. I don't have the option to request a return receipt with Entourage. I have had issues when my customers have had my email go to junk mail or a file is too large to go thru. If I don't get a return I know to make a call. It was more of a security blanket for me rather than trying to nail anyone for anything.

    Occasionally it was to cover my butt, but only after having a few emails that were not responded to.