Thursday, April 9, 2009

Think twice before you send that email (or post on your blog!)

An article last year in the Career section of The Australian newspaper is worth reading and digesting. I posted it outside my office door for a while.
It is safest to assume that any email you send may be forwarded (possibly by mistake) to someone else. Young scientists (Ph.D students, postdocs, and faculty without tenure) should be particularly wary. Even if an email is not intentionally forwarded it may be printed and left at a public printer. It is also amusing (or distressing) to sometimes be forwarded emails which appear to be innocuous but which if one scrolls down one finds "interesting" comments about colleagues.
Also, never try to solve relational problems via email. Sometimes it is best to use the "sneakernet" and walk down the corridor or pick up the phone.

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