Post # 1
This is a pet-peeve of mine, I find it impolite to not spell people’s names correctly on email, especially in the office.
My name is “Abby”. I get emails addressed to “Abi”, “Abbie”, etc. If you are going to email me asking me to do something for you, at least take the time to spell my name right! It takes them 2 minutes to send me an email, and what they are asking for usually takes 30 minutes to several hours or days! (I’m a web developer / C# programmer.)
Occasionally I’ll get emails to the completely incorrect name, like “Amy”. Seriously?! Just look at the “To” field and you’ll see my name isn’t “Amy”, there isn’t even an “Amy” in my department! Just because it’s a short name that starts with the same letter doesn’t mean it’s correct!
I always double-check nick-names when I’m emailing someone. If “Jennifer” goes by “Jenny”, I make sure I spell it correctly, whether it be “Jenny”, “Jenni”, “Jennie”, etc.
Post # 3
ha! I just corrected someone for constantly writing my assistant’s name wrong! I wrote to them privately and corrected them.. so annoying!
Post # 4
I have an uncommon name that can be spelled two different ways, and that still does not happen to me! (janie is not my real name.) sounds like you have idiot co-workers, shame on them!
Post # 5
Ugh this happened to me just this morning. Someone who I work with regularly emailed me and made that mistake. My name is Danielle and she wrote “Hi Daniel,”
She is definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed though.
Post # 6
You’re so right. In the day-to-day world, it’s a common courtesy to spell people’s names right. In the business world, it should be a requirement.
Post # 7
That’s funny you used my name as an example. My name is not Jen, but Jenn!! I have many co-workers who spell my name as Jen all the time, even though I sign all of my emails with Jenn. Drives me nuts! I’m always very careful to spell names correctly!!
Post # 8
Aaaaghhhh so frustrating! My first name is clearly a female first name and my last name is both a common last name and a male first name. I can’t tell you how many times I receive e-mails as “Hi LASTNAME FIRSTNAME” or get a voicemail where someone hears my female voice saying that “FIRSTNAME” isn’t here right now … and they still go with the last name.
Can you tell this is an ongoing problem? lol. We’re talking once a week with people. I’ll correct people and it does nothing. It creates so many problems, as our e-mail aliases at work are always first initial last name @companyname.org
Makes me want to stop doing business with anyone who can’t take 5 seconds and confirm stuff like this!
End rant 🙂
Post # 9
Ugh, I hate that too. I have a very unique name so I get all sorts of pronunciations and spellings. I always check on that type of stuff – it just shows a lack of caring if you don’t even bother to look it up.
Post # 10
I went to a symposium once that my company put together. My last name was wrong on my name tag. The name tag that my coworker had made. My coworker in the company that I had worked at for almost 4 years at that point, and that has less than 30 employees. A lot of our clients were at the symposium. It was more than a bit embarrassing.
Post # 11
@Running Elley: HAHAHA I am a Danielle, too, and I get “DANIEL” all the time. Or the classic “DANYELL”. Good lord.
Post # 12
It drives me insane, too. My company email has my whole first name written down, but the only person who has ever called me by the whole name is my mom, and that was only when she used my whole name – first, middle, and last – because she was angry. I constantly get emails addressed to my whole first name, even though I sign everything with my nickname and have never gone by anything else. Even when people do use my nickname, they always spell it incorrectly.
It pisses me off, too, when people can’t both to find out the gender of the person they’re emailing. I have gotten so many emails addressed to “Mr. LastName” before that I’ve lost count. My favorite was the time when one customer kept doing it, and I finally signed my next email with “Miss Nickname LastName”. He emailed me back the next day and called me a man AGAIN.
Post # 13
This is a pet peeve of mine too! What makes me even angrier is when people just forward me an email with NOTHING written to explain what the purpose of the chain is and why it’s being sent to me. I have to scroll down and read the entire thing THEN go back and confirm with the person who sent it to me what they want me to do. Talk about lazy!