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Can I modify it instead of rewriting it? Absolutely not. Is it frowned upon? Absolutely. When you're forwarding an email, it's implied that you're leaving the original email chain untouched or that you use some kind of formatting to make it clear where you're adding comments. Stealthily1 making changes is Not Good. If you're "only" making harmless ...


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No, this is not usual. You have run across a fairly common beast, however, the Elitist Super Entitled Developer. He's smarter than everyone else in his own mind and is entitled to be rude for the same reason. He has some ax to grind against Morty. Avoid him when possible and move along. While he's certainly within his rights to want to investigate the ...


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First thing to do is double check and make certain that you issued the refund on your end. You say that his account says he has been refunded, but also go and find the actual bank transaction to be sure the money has left your own accounts. At that point you know you have done everything correctly, even if the bank has not. Second, share with Michael as ...


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My problem with his response is that I am offering him a job interview and he replies with 5 words. I don't think this is a big problem. Yes, a salutation would be better, yes, thanking you would be appropriate, but the standard With regards, <name> you see in most emails is an automated signature, so there isn't typically any sentiment behind it. ...


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Ask your boss: "How do you want me to respond to e-mails when I am only CC'd?". I do not think you did anything wrong, but you can reach a more effective solution to the real problem by putting all blaming aside and focus on what they want you to do in the future. Work it through together. A bonus with formulating it as a question is that you force your ...


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At my job, we are told to immediately report potential corruption/bribery to our line manager/a specific person depending on the scenario. If you get ahead of this and own up to it with your boss, the contractor cannot use it to blackmail you at a later point, which may incur more serious consequences. You may be able to keep the trees, you may have to ...


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If the designer doesn't want to e-mail you, you can take down notes when you're on the phone and then send him an e-mail with what you discussed. Hello Designer, As per our discussion I will start working on X, Y. The phrasing above might not fly in South East Asia, which I'm guessing you're from, but you get the idea. This is good practice for people ...


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No need to reply at all - you don't want this job (for good reasons) and they don't want to offer you a job (for dubious reasons, IMO). Just move on to the next opportunity and don't spend any more time on this one which is clearly not going anywhere. There's nothing to be gained on either side from continuing this conversation.


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That should be easy. Open up a new account to use at work and tell your boss that having your private account open at work reduces your productivity because of the private messages that your friends are sending to your personal account. Give him your new account name to chat with you while you are at work.


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Hi Bob - just so you're aware, seems like you haven't hit reply all there. No need to dress it up any more than that.


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Just leave the email with the attachment and state This timesheet refers to X. Please see attached. Regards, Bracco Just leave the quote out of it and keep the email basic. Your emails are for the recipient to do their job. As long as you allow them to do that then don't complicate it or confuse them.


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So set up a folder for each project like that one and a mail rule to direct the emails there. Then once a day, or every other day, a quick gander will keep you up to date. Leaving the inbox for more directly relevant stuff.


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Regarding the first question, "is it legal?" questions should always be posted on Law SE, not here. As for your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn has the ability to change your email address associated with your account. It should be in your profile settings somewhere. You should change that.


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First send out the email about the loss separate from anything about rearranging duties. It should include any information you have about the funeral or visitation or even if there is a charity they want contributed to but nothing about business. If you don't have those details yet, say you will pass them on as soon as you get them. It doesn't have to be ...


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Question: am I supposed to reply to urgent work emails even if I am not fit for work? No. You decided you weren't fit enough mentally to be working, and your doctor and HR agreed to put you on leave so that you could not work, and so that you could spend your time recovering. So stop working and recover. Stop checking emails. Doing anything else risks ...


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Don't send any reply. They told you they received your application and will contact you when they're ready. There's nothing for you to say, and any email you send with a non-message will just clutter their inbox and waste their time. Unless you have something of substance to say or a question you need answered, don't send them anything.


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You're not accessing the sites for personal reasons, you're accessing the sites to perform a work activity - ergo, use your work email address. Furthermore, some companies require verification of an account before activating it, which is usually done via a link sent to you in an email. If you specify your personal address, you have to access that in order ...


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None. This is one of those things that you do in person. "Hey boss, do you have 5-10 minutes?". If you're remote, then a phone call is fine. They'll ask you to eventually write the email so there's a record, but your first step should be less... impersonal.


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What is bothering me is the use of "tu" instead of "vous" : I don't really know how to react to this. Why being so informal ? Am I over thinking this or does it scratch you too ? You are overthinking this by a huge margin. But if it bothers you this much, instead of pondering why someone would use "tu" instead of "vous", just ignore this recruiter ...


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From what I understand, here are my answers to your questions: Did I say anything wrong? In my opinion, yes: In asking for clarification on whether or not there was a program to do what the requester wanted, you ignored the strongly worded point of RP's message: that this is a dangerous change to make, and must be discussed with the manager. This ...


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When you are missing a response from your boss, the very worst thing you can do is exactly what you did last time. They say that insanity is repeating the same action and expecting different results. So don't just send the same email or forward it with a meaningless intro like "still need an answer on this" or "any update?" You need to ...


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Like Kozaky said, check your contract. Any paid position would have involved signing an official job offer that would have specified your salary. Find that document and read it again to make sure you know what it actually says. If there's no mention of being paid a specific amount of money, then the fault is unfortunately probably on you. Give your ...


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Hey, is it possible you can resend this? I didn't get any attachments. Thanks! Don't overthink this. No one's perfect. Word it in a way which isn't accusational and you'll be fine. Don't say "you forgot the attachment" but just let them know. Also, don't reply all if others were copied, just back to the sender.


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Let your manager handle this. Now that it has gone up the chain your manager will want to handle the narrative. If your manager tells you to reply and cc all then fine - but let that call come from your manager. You should not bypass your manager just because someone else did. As stated in one of the comments this has rapidly transitioned from a ...


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You don't ask open ended questions. You ask concise, directed questions for specific relevant information pertaining to a task or project they care about or have some stake in. People are not there to teach you.


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Here's an alternative to Philip Kendall's excellent suggestion: Do nothing. Don't tell anyone (at work or at home). Wait and see if you are in fact promoted. Normally notifying the sender about an accidental CC is a good idea, but what (other than possibly embarrassing your great-grand-boss) will you accomplish?


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While I also think your mails are reasonable, I'd like to provide a different perspective: You are telling them that they failed to reply. While true that might be considered rude, no one likes accusations. Instead of emphasizing that they didn't complete their task, I'd simply ask for an update on the issue. This is less accusatory. Something along the ...


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Typically, you can ignore recruiters who: email you about a job that is far out of your area/experience seem like they haven't done their homework on you appear to be spamming anyone who matches keywords on LinkedIn or a job site Ignoring these will not harm you, as they probably already forgot that they emailed you. The good recruiters, however, actually ...


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It looks to me like it's just a matter of style. I don't think it's rude but I do think it's a little peculiar, though I wouldn't go so far as to call it strange. Alice is simply making a trail and documenting the process through email. She's making sure she has a record of her asking Bob to assign a task to Chris. I think she's also making clear that she ...


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