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Here's What Not to Say In A Work Email

Ban these common, (but cringe-worthy) phrases to safeguard your career.

Sure, it’s cathartic to take a deep breath and pen down your angst. But it can also be akin to some pret-ty major damage...

1. ‘SORRY TO ASK....’

Stop apologising for asking people to do things, particularly when it’s something that’s part of their job.

2. ‘JUST...’

This four-letter word conveys hesitation and dismisses the effort you’re asking someone to put in. Go with ‘please’.

3. ‘THIS MIGHT BE A STUPID QUESTION, BUT...’

There are no stupid questions. Just ask.

4. ‘I THINK...’

It shows uncertainty about the idea you’re pitching. Be confident.

5. ‘I MAY BE WRONG...’

Don’t lessen the impact of what you’re saying.

6. ‘DOESN’T THAT MAKE SENSE?’

Don’t openly question in an e-mail whether your thinking is logical.

7. ‘I CAN’T STAND HER’

Never b*tch about a colleague in an e-mail.

8. MONEY

Salary should always be discussed in person.

9. ‘I’M LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB’

Self-explanatory, yes?

10. ‘HE IS SO HOT’

Worst case scenario? Hot colleague sees your words. Keep it profesh.

By Shari Nementzik

This article was published in the August 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan India.