(Closed) Email Heavy Bees– Do You Attach A Read Receipt To Emails?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you use read receipts in work emails?
    Yes- I like to know the appropriate party received my letter : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No- I don't use them but I don't mind if people do : (6 votes)
    13 %
    No- I don't use them and I hate when people use them : (27 votes)
    60 %
    Sometimes- depends on the circumstance I may use them : (11 votes)
    24 %
    Yes- I use them but it bothers me when other people use them : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I really hate read reciepts— first off, they usually don’t work outside your own company, so it’s kind of pointless to attach one to me if I’m your support rep or your client. It’s not going to go back to you anyway.  Also it only tracks if someone or something opens the message, and you can set your mail-enabled smartphone up to automatically send them even if you don’t open the blasted thing, so it’s really not telling you if someone actually reads the mail.

    About the only thing I hate more than read reciepts is when someone cc’s my manager for stuff that really doesn’t involve my manager.  If I gave you your answer and told you I wouldn’t have time for a conference call till Tuesday, cc’ing my manager is not going to magically make my calendar less busy!

    Post # 4
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    3606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I said sometimes.  Normally only if its VERY important or I haven’t heard back from someone and I am following up.  But I know a lot people find them rude so I try to avoid them.

    Post # 5
    Member
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I don’t use them and I don’t like them.

    Post # 6
    Member
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Read receipts are so annoying. If you need me to know something that desperately, call me. Also, if someone marks something urgent when it is clearly not I tend to blow them off for an extra day. I am perfectly capable of prioritizing on my own.

    ETA: I work with someone who CCs himself on all his emails. I’m not sure what he thinks he’s doing… I want to teach him about the “sent” folder.

    Post # 8
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    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve never actually used them .. but I think it makes people a little more accountable? I CC my manager on things to keep him updated.

    Post # 10
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I do not use them, and I HATE them. I always click “no” when it asks if I want the read receipt to be sent – my boss does the same thing. I don’t need you checking up on when I read your email, and sometimes I like to think about my response or consult others.

    A lot of employees at my organization are so guilty of using the “high importance” and read receipt function on not important or time sensitive emails. Where I work, things that qualify as high importance are things like, “hey, a tiget just got out” (I work at a zoo), not “can I get some more of this form”. Drives me crazy.

    Post # 11
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @fishbone:  ohhhh, yeah, the Ccing my boss drives me CRAZY. I’m lucky because I have a really cool boss, so he has the same WTF reaction I do when people do that, but it is so demeaning! Like, you think I won’t follow through with this so you have to make sure my boss knows you asked me to do something? I’m not a child.

    Post # 12
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    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @LGenz:  I used to do email support for the government and we had a guy who cc’ed himself on everything, and requested a read reciept on everything, and never opened anything he sent to himself. So one day when he was whinging about his Outlook being slow, we were like, there’s your problem, you have 197,000 unread items sent from you to you. So he went off to delete them all, and since he had the read reciepts attached, he got 197,000 “Your message was deleted without being read” messages and crashed the mail server. 

    It was hilarious 😀

    Post # 13
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    4322 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I work for a contracting company, so if we send an electronic proposal to the government, I use a sent receipt and a read receipt – it’s my way of making sure it got to the person before the deadline.

    Post # 14
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    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I’m lucky — I work in a very email heavy office (large company too), but in the 4 years I’ve worked here only a very small handful of people actually use the read receipt feature .. and I don’t work with them anymore, yaaay!  I think within our company culture it’s like, police yourself.

    Post # 15
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    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @fishbone:  Haha!!  That is just hilarious.

    Post # 16
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @fishbone:  that is amazing haha

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