OK, so you want to give your client a kiss. Whatever you do, don’t do it over email.
Over two thirds of U.K. businessmen and women say giving an emoticon kiss (you know, these things: :-*) to clients over email is perceived as annoying in a new survey by OnePoll and Staples U.K., the Independent reports. The survey polled 1,000 workers in the U.K. and found that a number of email behaviors are viewed negatively, among them, smiley faces and being overly familiar by calling coworkers “honey.”
Another common pet peeve is failure to provide automated out-of-office responses or write ones that are considered abrupt or rude.
And the majority say sloppy mistakes in emails and poor writing may result in having "no faith" in the sender. Considering that people spend on average a quarter of their day reading and sending emails, it’s no surprise they can have strong feelings about it.
Check out below for nine of the most hated email etiquette blunders:
17 percent of respondents said they didn't like to be asked about weekend plans in emails.
28 percent of respondents don't like cheesy or familiar lines like "Happy Friday."
Smiley Faces :)
44 percent of respondents think smiley faces in emails are inappropriate.
Abrupt OOTO Messages
46 percent of respondents are irritated by rude or abrupt out-of-the-office messages.
No OOTO Message
But 58 percent of office workers said they wouldn't do business with people who don't leave automated out-of-office notices at all.
Half of respondents said they didn't think abbreviations like OMG had any place in work emails.
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
54 percent said they were not into terms of endearment like "honey" or "dear."
Elements Of Style
65 percent of respondents view simple grammar and spelling mistakes as "shoddy," saying such errors would cause them to "have no faith" in the person who sent the email.
68 percent of workers say emoticon kisses in emails to clients are annoying.