Office and Admin Work Relationships

9 Tips to Improve Your Email Communication With Coworkers

Written by Kate Lopaze

Unless your office has gone back to carrier pigeons and pneumatic tubes carrying memos, email is the king when it comes to office communications. Those “new message” dings and badges follow us everywhere these days. That said, familiarity doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t some best practices we should all follow.

Here are 9 tips to remember as you craft your 50th email of the day.

1. Fast response =/= good response

2. No one gets points for being That Guy who corrects others’ grammar.

3. Your snarky response: just don’t send it.

4. Don’t link to your personal blog in your signature.

5. If you absolutely must trash-talk about someone else on the email chain, ALWAYS double-check the “reply all” setting.

6. There is such a thing as TOO formal in a work email.

7. Don’t hit “send” while you’re still angry.

8. Don’t be the person who drops by to discuss the email you just sent.

9. At some point, your email server will push you to the brink of a nervous breakdown.

About the author

Kate Lopaze

Kate Lopaze is a writer, editor, and digital publishing professional based in New York City. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Emerson College with degrees in English and publishing, she is passionate about books, baseball, and pop culture (though not necessarily in that order), and lives in Brooklyn with her dog.