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Have You Ever Regretted Sending a Work Email?

There's no doubt about it, we all get frustrated from work at one point or another. It can feel great to pound away on the keyboard and get your thoughts out on screen, but that feeling can turn into embarrassment once you've calmed down. Have you ever sent an emotional email at work that you had to follow up with apologies?

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enSue enSue 8 years
No, I have never regretted sending a work email. My previous job entailed QA, assistant management, retail sales, monitoring a message queue from customers, and writing professional emails to clients and other managerial staff. Everything the employees did was monitored by the company's proxy servers and could be retrieved at any time. The company also had cameras installed to monitor the employees (as it was an email/call center). I've always been somewhat paranoid with a "safer than sorry" mentality, but even more paranoid after working for that company.
Asia84 Asia84 8 years
you know companies who are on a network can basically sit in there office and monitor every little move you make. so not just bad emails. but laziness/me-time, booking your flight to Cabo for the weekend, buying some Tory Burch flats because Neiman Marcus only has 1 size 7 left in the color you want, and if you wait to get home, they'll be gone . . . i'm telling you, somebody is always watching you at work. it's nt even safe to pick your nose anymore (lol)
Asia84 Asia84 8 years
i'm not an idiot! emails are strictly for work purpose only. i don't even socialize with co-workers like that. in the fashion industry, people are 10xs sneaky. you can talk crap about your boss at the bar, and i can bet my new YSL bag (i JUST got it Saturday and it is immaculate; everything i could ever dream!!!), that the boss will know within 48 hours. emails are hard-core evidence that you talk crap. and that can cost you your job. so no emails, no texting.
estahrox estahrox 8 years
LOL. I agree with Cubadog. And when things get really bad (I know this is pathetic), I'll give them cute names like Sh*tface and Dogf*cker. That's my way of handling :)
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I learned very early to write the bitchy, snotty, catty e-mail than immediately delete it and write one that was professional and to the point.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I sent an annoyed email to my billing company at work, that had a bad tone once that was misdirected but that's it.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
Nope, nope, nope. I don't really want to risk it, at all. I might do a very direct email to a supervisor or a boss as a last resort means, but it wouldn't be whiny or anything of the sort.
leeapeea leeapeea 8 years
Ugh - NOW I either talk to people about it to their face, or decide if it's even worth confrontation. When I was working at a small company (>50ppl), I was not only the front desk and secretary but also the Accounts Payable/Recevable assistant. My boss was a woman just a few years older than me, witty and smart. I liked her a lot and we worked well together. We were also both very opinonated. We didn't like some of the ways the company was run, and we would talk about it the only way we could without being overheard - via email. Then we broadened our horizons to the personalities of the leaders of the company (family owned business), as the personalities of these people greatly affected the working environment, and not always in a positive way. (I used much blunter language in the emails.) I didn't work there long - my dream job was not to be a secretary, and something better came along pretty fast. I thought I was being careful by deleting all of my non-business emails. My boss also left the company about 3 months after me. I don't know if she deleted her emails or not, but apparently even if you delete them from your files, the emails are stored *somewhere*. A friend of mine who was still working there was in a meeting with the president and somehow my name came up. The president of this company said something to the effect of "She needs to be punched in the box," (which goes to show you that I wasn't really out of line complaining about him). The emails my boss and I had been writing has been read by the president and his wife, and who knows who else. Thank god I'm not there anymore.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
I meant to send it to my fiance. Believe me I was scared to death. I was just so put off that he wouldn't tell me to my face how I asked him to his face.
emalove emalove 8 years
No...if I have a problem with someone at work, I talk to them about it in person.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
i find other ways to vent i never play with email i'm also very good at keeping cool when i type skinny marie: i was holding my breath during your story! thank goodness!
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 8 years
I once wrote an email to my supervisor after confronting him about the problem. But still he didn't get it. So I emailed him because I know the top administration would read about it and take action on it. The reason for my email is not to humiliate my supervisor because he couldn't really do anything about top management decisions so I did that for the purpose of letting top administration know what's really going on at our department.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
SkinnyMarie oh my lord! :rotfl:
citizenkane citizenkane 8 years
I voted for the face to face choice. If I had a problem at work, I would never, EVER get out my frustration through email. It's not as effective and certainly not as professional.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
fortunately i've never sent one (knock on wood) that i would regret. i kow that there are soo many ways to keep those things and i don't like the idea that my anger could be held against me in the future.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
I asked my boss if I could have a half day on christmas eve. He sent me back an email saying no. So I hit reply instead of foward and wrote "jerk off" and hit send without thinking, until i lifted my finger off of the mouse and it was too late. I did an "ohhh Sh*t" and ran to his office. Luckily he wasn't there and I shift deleted that puppy. I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I wrote an email to alert my boss about snide comments and outlandish behavior by my coworkers that was being directed at me while I was an Executive Assistant. Because my boss was always traveling my only way to reach her was via email. So I sent one (heavily edited) email to the VP (my boss)and head or HR. My boss then sent my email to everyone in the company along with her response and proceeded to hold a meeting with everyone involved to discuss my email and the behavior of the people in the company. My boss did tell me that I shouldn't have sent an email to everyone in the company regarding the situation. I had to remind her that I did not send my email to everyone in the company but only to her and the head of HR, the correct people according to the company policy manual and that she sent my private email to everyone. Whoops! The Head of HR said that I showed great restraint in the situation and that she was aware of the problem before I sent the email and had been planning on talking to me but hadn't been able to find the right time. I did not regret sending my email. I did not regret expressing my displeasure with the situation or the method that I chose to do it. If I had done it the way this group of employees was doing things there would have been physical injuries and jail time. And these were 50+ year old women who were doing and saying these things - they didn't like having a young Exec Asst in their domain , so they wanted to drive me out of the company and they actually met daily to discuss loudly how to do this. This older women were really weird and beyond childish. This way no one got physically injured but they knew I would not tolerate foolishness and stupidity.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I once wrote a long-winded rant about something I was upset about and didn't send it. I re-read it the next day and man, was I glad I didn't send it. It sounded so whiny, stupid, and pointless.
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