It may be a slightly longer title that normal, but I just woke up and my coffee has not yet made the move from my cup to my stomach, so please forgive me.
The other day, while toiling away at the day job, quietly plotting my escape, I saw a flashing notification on my screen. I had mail.
As I am sure you can understand, I was delighted to have heard from one of my customers, so rushed to open it. The mail itself was nothing special, however, what I saw at the end as a signature made me chuckle and also weep for the fate of humanity.
Now, my job maybe borning as sin at times, but I do get to deal with some pretty smart people in some pretty lofty positons inside billion dollar corporations. Aircraft leasing is big business don’t you know. To see this footer at the bottom of this email, a work email nonetheless just kind of summarized everyhing that is wrong with the current technology driven generation. I should point out that this man is not a ‘youngster’ but an experienced hand in this thing called life, and from a very interesting background.
What did this damming signature say to have caused me such consternation? Let me tell you….
This was sent through my iPhone, please ignore any spelling errors.
I had to read the message twice before I truly understood what he was saying. I mean, I have an ipad mini. I love it, and I too have been caught out by the beast that is autocorrect. But there is a difference between a facebook message for your wife to say hi, and a business mail discussing the set up of your database. For those sorts of emails, a cursory glance through the text is kind of important to make sure you have not said something that could be easily corrected. It’s about professionalism at the end of the day.
To be able to add a signature like this and just remove all obligation from you as an individual to ensure your emails are correctly written is just madness. It is a testament to how lazy many of us are becomming.The world has gone technology made and we have all become so used to it that we accept its flaws and intergrate them into our culture. Seamlessly at times.
I just don’t get it.