The “Reply All” Syndrome

by Vinaya HS on December 5, 2005

in General Stuff

Thanks for visiting Capital Advisor. I frequently update this blog to cover various topics on personal finance such as investment strategies, financial products that you should buy and ones that you really should stay away from, financial calculators, emerging themes such as early retirement and financial independence, and much more. You can Subscribe through Email and receive new articles directly in your Inbox or you can Subscribe through the RSS Feed and receive new articles in your feed reader.

Probably the worst way to begin your day is to read an e-mail like this:

Hi XXX,

Janmadinaashamsakal; From the heart!

Regards,
YYY

In case you’re wondering, this is a “Reply All” to a birthday wishes e-mail.

The admin in our business unit normally sends out a birthday wishes e-mail if one or more person(s) has a birthday falling on that day. While it’s perfectly fine to send out such an e-mail to the whole practice (in other words, a distribution list), it’s simply incorrect when everyone starts abusing the “Reply All” button. Don’t these people have any common sense? I don’t care if YYY wants to wish XXX “a happy birthday” from his/her heart. It’s all the more infuriating when they start writing non-English words in English. Don’t these people understand that a workplace is a professional environment? The problem is compounded by the fact that at times even senior management join this party. There’s no one to hold anyone accountable.

Worse, someone then does a “Reply All” again, summarizing what I have just mentioned above. This ultimately leads to a nonsensical and chaotic chain reaction. It’s a great way to spoil your day and your mood.

Does this happen in your workplace? Is there a solution to this problem?




Thanks for reading this article. I'd love to hear your opinion. Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts. I frequently write new articles that also cover several other aspects of personal finance including credit cards, financial goals, health insurance, income tax, life insurance, mutual funds, retirement planning, and much more. You can Subscribe through Email and receive new articles directly in your Inbox or you can Subscribe through the RSS Feed and receive new articles in your feed reader.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Raj December 6, 2005 at 1:41 PM

Now thats just stupid.

Previous post:

Next post: