When I email back & forth with friends, I think nothing of starting an email like a conversation, no salutation, no closing line, just a conversation – but that’s with friends. In a business setting, I guess I’m just old-fashioned. I cannot imagine using chatspeak when emailing a business associate.

Here’s an example of the casual business emails that drive me nuts.

From: {name}

To: {name}
Sent: Thu Nov 09, 2006
Subject: 401K question

Hi {name},

Do we have the option of signing up for the Roth 401K instead of the
traditional 401K? If it’s an option for us, I’d like information
regarding the plan.

The response:

From: {name}
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006
To: {name}
Subject: Re: 401K question

No, sorry. U can sign up for one individually with our rep for NYLIM.