How do you sign your work emails?

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How do you sign your work emails?
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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 2:47am

How do you sign your work emails? "Best",  "Regards" , "Sincerely"? For some reason, I always struggle with how to end them which is why this article caught my eye:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/03/email_signoffs_end_them_forever_best_yours_regards_they_re_all_terrible.html

The author of the article is suggesting that we do away with them completely and while it sounds like a nice idea, I think it's pretty impractical. For it to seem "okay" (i.e. not rude), you'd have to get the majority of people to stop using them or else you risk looking like the ill-mannered one.

"Best" seems to be pretty popular right now so that's what I've been using as well...but it still doesn't feel natural to me.

Lisa

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 5:22pm

I usually write

Thanks!

Liz

I try to keep the ending positive, but there are times when it seems too happy. I think

Thanks,

Liz

implies I'm thanking myself, though.

This is an interesting topic!

Liz


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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 1:02am

Oh my goodness, yes! I've totally had the same thought process in regards to "thanks!". I start totally over-thinking it- should I use an exclamation or not? Am I really thanking them for something in this email? Etc..

Great minds (over?)think alike? LOL!

Lisa

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Registered: 04-16-2008
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 6:15pm

It all depends on the recipient of the email and whether I am writing on a blackberry/smart phone vs. writing from my desk.   When I am typing out a message on the road, sometimes I don't even sign my name!

I used "thanks" a lot, too, "best regards" for co-workers I am know well, "sincerely" for the public and people I don't know well, "very respectively" for military types, and sometimes "cheers" with people I know well and if it is an informal email ...

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Registered: 01-11-2008
Tue, 03-19-2013 - 1:47am
I have used "thanks" and "sincerely". Currently, I am using "best regards." By being a Business major, it is so many avenues that can be crossed without crossing them, kwim? Everything has to be done in a professional manner. However, what's "professional" is not as standard as it use to be because so many have personalized it to make it work best for them. Why can't things be as easy as dotting I's and crossing T's, lol! :)

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 5:51pm
Princess, Did any of your business writing classes recommend a closing for emails? I'd be interested in what's being taught! Thanks! Liz (with the exclamation point...he he he he)

Liz


Clinical Research Associate


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