Odds are you’ve sent a fair number of emails and received even more. And, while we’re all new to digital etiquette, we’re wondering what is the most appropriate way to say goodbye?
Depending on whether you’re working or not you could send as many as 120 emails a week – some are quick while others are lengthly; you may want to show you’re fun, relaxed, professional or blunt.
Either way, the need for a sign-off is the same, and it requires an attuned sense of digital manners. Your choice will impact the perception of the person on the other end of your message. It can change the tone of the whole email.
According to the experts, this is how some classic sign-offs are perceived. Do you agree?
Sincerely: out-dated and formal
More later: foreboding
Cheers: utter nonsense – this is an email not a pub goodbye
Best wishes: potential farewell forever
Talk soon: can strike fear in certain corporate situations
Respectfully: too stiff
Xo: should be reserved to dear friends
Thanks: best be avoided
Warmest regards: how is this measured?
Take care: do you know something I don’t?
Thanks!: too chirpy
Some other common sign-offs include: “thanks“, “regards“, “yours truly” or… nothing at all. Some suggest “Best” is most appropriate for all situations, while others say it should be avoided because it’s impersonal and abrupt (not to mention grammatically ambiguous!).
Let’s Talk: How do you sign off your emails? Does it change depending on who you’re writing to?