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Although its legality may be questionable, more and more employers have the capability not only to track but to "listen in" on their employees' e-mails and IMs. So always think about what you are typing before actually committing it to cyberspace.
Last Updated - 6th December 2005
- Don't type e-mail messages in all caps as it is the digital equivalent of SHOUTING!
- If you are concerned that something you have typed might offend someone, rephrase or delete it.
- Always reread what you have written before hitting SEND to avoid errors.
- When you receive an important e-mail, send a quick response to say you've gotten it and when you will respond.
- When e-mailing a list of people, "BCC" each person as many people do not want their e-mail address shared.
- If you are using a font other than default, make sure it is legible.
Instant Messaging Etiquette
- Don't type in all caps as it is the digital equivalent of SHOUTING!
- If you use a font other than the default, make it a legible one.
- Mind your color schemes. For example, blue on red is very hard to read.
- Use the status on IM (available, busy, away . . .)
- Choose an appropriate screen name.
- If you are part of a group conversation, do not invite other people in without checking with the people already there.
- When using an office computer, a laptop outside your home or a public computer, turn the volume down. The repeated alert for incoming IMs can be very annoying.
Cell Phone Etiquette
- Always turn off your cell phone or switch it to vibrate during meals, meetings, religious services and sporting events.
- Always turn off your cell phone or switch it to vibrate in theaters, concert halls, classrooms, museums and libraries.
- Keep your cell phone camera OFF in gyms, locker rooms, restrooms and doctors' offices.
- Do not discuss personal or professional business over the phone while in public.
- If you are using a cell phone in public, keep your voice down.
- Do not eavesdrop on others' cell conversations.
- Do not make phone calls during a date, an appointment, during a meeting or when you have guests unless it is an emergency.
- When talking on the phone, stop what you are doing and pay attention to the person on the other end.
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