Knowing exactly how to behave on work emails can be tricky—what do you say to sign off? Cheeky wink on the end? No, too weird. Kisses? Creepy.
We've probably all been in a situation when in the heat of the moment, hitting send can instantly send the fear travelling down the spine, but thankfully there's new research to help guide our way to avoiding email faux pas.
According to the Harvard Business Review, one of the worst things you can do in your day-to-day work email life is cc your boss. Yes, really.
Management Studies professor David de Cremer carried out a series of experiments on 594 working adults to determine how cc'ing the boss onto emails affected the team dynamic.
His findings "indicated that when the supervisor was copied in often, employees felt less trusted, and this feeling automatically led them to infer that the organisational culture must be low in trust overall, fostering a culture of fear and low psychological safety."
De Cremer noted that while employees might see copying in management as a method of transparency, colleagues most often see it as a "potentially threatening move" that thus reduces the level of trust between workers.
You've been warned.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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