One In 20 Reprimanded For E-Mail Gaffes At Work

A survey has revealed that one in 20 workers have been reprimanded - or even fired - for sending an inappropriate e-mail at work.

According to a new survey commissioned to mark the release of the DVD version of of Terry Pratchett’s novel Going Postal, five per cent of staff have been reprimanded by their employers for sending an ill-judged e-mail in office, news agency the Press Association has reported.

The survey suggests that nearly 13 per cent of office workers have send an ill-judged e-mail to their colleagues by mistake, while 31 per cent have admitted to have mistakenly hit ‘reply all’ instead of ‘reply’.

The survey, which questioned over 2,000 people, suggests that men are more likely to make an e-mail gaffe than women, as around 27 per cent of men have admitted to have made a mistake, compared to only 17 per cent of women admitting to such an incident.

Around 44 per cent of those surveyed said that they do not post letters any more, while one in every five agreed to have ended their relationship via a text message or e-mail.