With the onslaught of emails we receive every day, it's hard to imagine how anyone could keep up professional email habits at all times.
To make this task a little less daunting, we asked experts to highlight some of the least professional behaviors you could demonstrate when sending an email.
While mastering the art of good email etiquette doesn't mean sending out beautifully crafted prose each time — that would take forever — if you can avoid these bad habits, you'll be off to a great start.
Sending 'urgent' emails that aren't urgent
"Like the boy who cried wolf, if you abuse the urgent marker, it won't be long until no one will pay any attention to it," Rosemary Haefner, chief human-resources officer for CareerBuilder, tells Business Insider.
And when you finally do send a truly urgent email, no one will pay attention to that one, either, she says.
Putting words in ALL CAPS
ARE YOU YELLING?!?! Because that's what using all caps looks like.
Unless you want to give your email recipient a heart attack, turn your CAPS LOCK off. And while you're at it, ease off on all the exclamation points.
Being too casual
While the tone of your message should reflect your relationship with the recipient, Haefner says, too much informality will make you come across as unprofessional.
She advises being judicious in your use of exclamation points, emoticons, colored text, fancy fonts, and SMS shorthand.
"Be especially mindful if you work with people from different generations, have language barriers, or prefer a more traditional tone," she says.