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Old 07-04-2019, 09:47 AM
 
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Originally Posted by blueherons View Post
Gee, it's just so hard to type those four or five extra letters and type out your full name.

Regards,

Blue
I've worked with some people from other countries who have SUPER long names.

The only thing I've really seen, and what I also do sometimes, is something like "A. Smith."
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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This seems to be common at my work, especially among management. For example, we have a male manager who closes his e-mails with “K” for Ken, a female who uses the “O” in her first name In her closings. If they happen to have initials that actually spell a word, they are hooked and ALWAYS use their cutesy initials. When did this trend start? Is it pretty common?. I had never seen a fellow employee, especially not Management in the early part of my working years. Such a thing would have seemed like “ high school”- lol.
My email signature is a signature block. If I have a long, chain email with one person, I remove that and just put my initials after each response. The person knows who I am.
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:10 AM
 
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I have a signature at the bottom of my emails which eliminates the need for typing a closing/sign-off.
...and in my signature I also include my contact information. There is nothing more frustrating than having to look for a phone number or address because someone doesn't include in their signature line.

I can't imagine even wasting the time it takes to type 3 letters for initials on every email when outlook (and any other email program) does the signature automatically for you. Its reasonable to conclude that anyone that hasn't taken the 2 minutes to set up a signature is both lazy and inefficient in other aspects of their work.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:54 AM
 
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Why is this even an issue? What difference does it make? Sign with your name if you want. Use your initials if you want. It's not really something that warrants a lot of attention.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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I, along with everyone else in my company, have an automatic signature set up. I still "close" emails with some sort of sign off, usually -

Thanks,
Liz

My boss very often uses her initials in the same manner. It's never bothered me a bit.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:57 AM
 
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What if half the guys you work with have last names of Nguyen or Lopez?
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:18 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Never seen that, just reviewed and every email this week has been signed by the person's first name only, followed by their full Outlook signature with title, address and phone.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Never seen that, just reviewed and every email this week has been signed by the person's first name only, followed by their full Outlook signature with title, address and phone.
If you work within the Outlook cloud, that's what you'll see.

Not all industries/companies/connection groups use Ogod.
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:54 PM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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I have an auto signature for my intial emails and replies so I don't even have to type anything out. IMHO, those that do that obviously don't know how to use the system. LOL. The only time I use that to sign off is if I'm writing a note...on a post-it or something...and being lazy. I also hate people starting emails with "hey you". I'm old school I guess since I was also raised by a 1960-70's legal secretary and was an admin assistant for over 15 years, so all the "by the book" stuff I do is habit and always professional. The only time I get informal is with close colleagues and typically it's not about work stuff.

The workplace is becoming more and more informal. I get it. I'm somewhat on board with it, but it rubs me the wrong way sometimes due to my upbringing. Seriously, when your first job is working at a lawfirm, you do things by the book, you are always professional, you are taught what good work ethic means. Well, at least the law firms in the 90's did; I have no clue what they're like today.

At my current workplace, they don't do that mainly because we all have our auto-signatures on (mandatory).
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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I use my first name initial for 80% of the emails I send - it sets the tone to be a bit more casual.
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