Survey reveals email gaffes at work

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Email gaffes at work have seen one in 20 people reprimanded or even fired, a survey revealed today.

One in five admitted sending an inappropriate email in the heat of the moment, while one in three (31%) said they have hit "reply all" instead of "reply" by mistake.

More than one in 10 (13%) have mistakenly sent an email insulting a colleague to the person they are insulting.

Men were more likely to make a mistake, with 28% having made an email faux pas, compared to 17% of women.

Almost half (44%) said they do not send letters any more.

And it seems people sometimes choose not to pick up a phone or meet somebody face to face either - one in five admits dumping a partner by text and one in 10 has ended a relationship by email.

:: The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of Going Postal, the television adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel, on August 23.

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