10 ways to annoy your colleagues with email

The best way to raise your co-workers’ blood pressure is to send emails with red exclamation points. Empty subject lines, reply-all threads and unsolicited jokes work well, too.

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The other day I opened my inbox to find yet another email with a red exclamation point.

I could feel my face heating up and turning as red as that stupid exclamation point. I wondered who was sending me this email and what was so urgent on Friday at 4 p.m. Did it really warrant an exclamation point?

As I suspected, it wasn’t an urgent email—at least not urgent for me. It was just another person annoying me by using that exclamation point for something that was urgent for them. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand that some things require immediate attention, but nine out of 10 times, when someone includes that red exclamation point it really doesn’t apply. Can you tell this is a pet peeve?

So, today, I have for you a “Top 10 List,” David Letterman-style. Here are the “Top 10 Ways to Annoy Your Colleagues with Email.”

No. 10: Read this (just because I said so)

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