The Huffington Post and YouGov took a look at email and email signatures. It found just about anything goes and etiquette is — well — a matter of perspective. You don’t really want to use sincerely, or warmly, or regards when you’re exchanging them in bunches. That’s the place where sincerely doesn’t sound all that sincere.
And you might not want to do so even if it’s just one.
Then there’s the dearth of other sign-offs. Thanks. Cheers. Are they any better? Or any more sincere?
The HuffPost and YouGov looked at Google and found people aren’t all that happy with just about any sign off signature:
• Thanks wasn’t that thankful.
• Looking forward to hearing from you became a minefield of power dynamics.
• Best. It’s lazy, a copout or even vulgar.
And then should you even send one. While it’s a totally different subject, some say why email when you can actually call or text — especially if it’s a friend. Or if it is a friend’s birthday or your mom’s, isn’t it more polite to call?
At least it is more personal.
So the question is, are emails formal?
Of the 1,000 polled 17% said yes, they are formal.
• 33% said they are informal.
• 49% said it depends.
Here are the most common sign-offs:
• Thanks — 62%
• Name or initials — 46%
• Sincerely — 44%
• Love — 28%
• Regards — 22%
• No signature at all — 21%
As for annoying signatures:
• 41% weren’t offended or bothered by any.
• 24% found xoxo annoying.
• 21$ didn’t like “peace.”
• Cheers annoyed 13%
• Thanks just 3%
While you may be tempted to not sign at all, 15% are offended by no signature. So maybe thanks is the way to go.
Source link: Huffington Post