Posted by: Suzanne Wheeler
When I’m angry and need to shoot off a fiery email I address it to myself, not the actual recipient. Usually I choose my home email address and then delete the saved sent copy. This affords me a few advantages. 1) If I’m really determined to send that email I have to retrieve it from home. (Non-work email is blocked.) 2) Time passes between the initial felt emotion and revisiting the content of the email. 3) I have saved documentation of the event on a non-business computer.
If I have a legitimate complaint I can better phrase it after letting the initial emotional response fade away. When an email is just for the purpose of relieving stress and work pressures I avoid self-embarrassment and potential negative career consequences.
I found just an email like this when I was going through my employment files on my computer to put together a portfolio. The letter was never sent and the issues were never dealt with. I was working for a husband and wife run business that wasn’t going to change and I was searching for a new position. My best option was to write the email and send it to myself.
Next time you feel like speaking your mind, try sending it to yourself first!
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