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The most mortifying work email exchanges

Sending emails is a core part of office life. Whether it's liaising with colleagues about work projects, conversing with clients or just generally communicating with people, employees utilise emails on a daily basis.

According to a study by The Radicati Group Inc between 2014 and 2018, the average office worker received around 90 emails per day and sent 40 business emails themselves. With employees responding to emails quicker and quicker and grappling to keep up with ‘always on’ cultures, mistakes are likely to slip in every so often. And this has created some very humiliating experiences for employees.

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A recent Twitter thread revealed some of the most embarrassing email exchanges that will make you double-check everything before hitting send.

Twitter user @mo87mo87, whose real name is Maurice, explained that he sent an email and corrected the recipient after they replied incorrectly spelling his name “Mautice”.

While correcting the recipient only to find out that you were the reason for the mistake in the first place is mortifying, it seems that Maurice was not alone with his email gaffe.

Another Twitter user replied to the thread explaining that when she worked for an audio/video production company, she had to reach out to a service technician “to report a ‘pooping’ sound coming out of some speakers they installed”.

While ‘popping’ was clearly the word she was looking for, it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

Colleagues may be forgiving if they receive a poorly worded email, or one littered with mistakes, though some clients may not be so lenient.

@paulmwatson recalled the most embarrassing email he had ever sent at work. He wrote: “[It] was reply-all to a client saying '[the client] is in a bit of a huff'", which is never a good look in the professional world. But this wasn't the only employee to feel a bit red faced after emailing a client.

So, the key takeaway for employees is to proof-read emails carefully before sending them. While in many cases the mistakes can be harmless, emails have been known to get people into a spot of bother in the past.

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