/ 15 September 2023

Sincerely, you’re a dinosaur


If you start your emails with ‘dear’ and sign off with ‘yours sincerely’ – we’ve got some bad news… Those phrases make you sound “old fashioned” and could die out of the English language in about 10 years. In contrast, if you’re more of a “many thanks”, “cheers”, or even “best wishes” kinda human – those sign-offs hit the mark with most workers. The survey of 2,000 people in the UK also found while ’hiya’ is perfectly acceptable to 18-24yos, a third of over-45yos found it “over-familiar”. Instant messaging platforms were seen as the biggest driver in this shift to more informal greetings – as well as the fact Gen Z has entered the workforce. And a hot tip from the survey: ease up on your use of exclamation marks – more than half of all respondents thought too many were “unprofessional”. So from us, speak soon… TY… Go well…

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