If you’ve ever spent any amount of time working in a modern office environment, you’re probably familiar with the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to email etiquette.
One seemingly innocuous element to every email that can (often unintentionally) set the wrong tone is the sign-off. While “regards” can sound a little stuffy, “sincerely yours” can sound a bit... well, insincere.
Canadian university student – Julia Burnham – has created a chart categorising common sign-offs using the alignment system from Dungeons and Dragons. The chart ranks them on the “good versus evil” and “law versus chaos” axes, and considering how her Tweet went viral, we would say it’s accurate.
I woke up in a cold sweat last night to create this content. I present: the Email Sign-off Alignment pic.twitter.com/SkNpXxrj5V— Julia Burnham (@juliarburnham) August 9, 2019
At least she hasn’t drawn a spotlight on “I hope this email finds you well” – without that old faithful, how do you start an email to someone you haven't met?
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