Almost 50% of
office workers in Leeds have sent e-mail to the
wrong person by mistake, often with "disastrous"
consequences, according to a report out today.
A young woman in Rothwell sent a highly explicit
message meant for her boyfriend to her line manager
instead, while another city based Insurance broker
forwarded a rant against a company boss to the
man himself instead of to a friend.
Research among 500 office staff carried out by
Leeds based Credit Management specialists MasterWatch
also showed that two out of three had copied people
into an e-mail message list by mistake.
Workers were urged to check their e-mails in
a bid to avoid so-called e-calamities such as
those in the survey, including:
A new business co-ordinator in Garforth who attached
the wrong file to a group e-mail of more than
80 new business prospects. Rather than the corporate
video she had intended, a joke film showing two
rabbits procreating (with sound effects) was sent
An unfortunate job seeker from a bank in the
Park Row area of Leeds who sent an e-mail boasting
about the elaborate lies on his CV - to the HR
director of the company he had just applied to.
An Advertising Agency PA from Wetherby who sent
an e-mail outlining the finer details of a particularly
decadent weekend to her entire department, instead
of the friend she had meant it to go to.
Mike Billington Marketing Manager of Leeds Credit
Management Specialists ‘MasterWatch’,
said: "There's no doubt that e-mail has made
business communications quicker and easier, but
carelessness can turn it into an office worker's
worst nightmare as we have so scarily revealed
whilst talking to new clients across the city.
There is ample scope to cause a lot of embarrassment
and even damage your reputation, so it pays to
think before you press the send key."
For more information on MasterWatch go to www.MasterWatch.uk.com
or call MasterWatch on 0113 22-55-100