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Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I noticed that quite a few people in our company do not read the emails if they are in cc (some simply discard them systematically). They only read if they are in the recipient list.

I feel it is quite strange. Is this a common practice??
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Old 24.03.2015, 11:25
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

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I noticed that quite a few people in our company do not read the emails if they are in cc (some simply discard them systematically). They only read if they are in the recipient list.

I feel it is quite strange. Is this a common practice??
Strange YES
Common YES

Blame the continual rise of CCing as many people as you can think of in an email in attempt to CYA
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Old 24.03.2015, 11:35
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I guess that people who have the time and inclination to read through the English Forum have also enough time to read through irrelevant an inappropriately addressed emails at work.
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I wouldn't read your emails Robbie, even if they were sent direct, yet alone in CC
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Old 24.03.2015, 11:51
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I hate to be a party pooper, but yes I read them. And it is expected CCs to be informed. If they do not bother reading and it affects their productivity, it is probably pretty evident.
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Old 24.03.2015, 11:58
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

<sarcasm>
Email communication etiquette hasn't yet been discovered in Switzerland. Most people treat their emails with a level of consideration located somewhere between the one given to junk advertising newspapers and letters from the local parish council. Locals are known to occasionally respond to some emails, usually once in a full moon.

For serious communication a phone call or a face to face meeting remains the best way to get the message across. Even if it means crossing to the opposite side of the Alps.
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Old 24.03.2015, 12:03
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

If the subject looks like it might be relevant to me, I'll tend to read it (or at least the first one if it's a chain).

If not, or if it seems not after reading a few lines, then I'll check the distribution and skip (or quickly skim) if I'm just on cc - especially if I'm just part of a CCed DL.
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Old 24.03.2015, 12:57
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

If you cc me, it will go into my cc folder automatically and I might look at it when I have time.

When I received a large volume of email per day, coupling that with processing my inbox twice a day and categorising according to importance and urgency before replying or actioning any of it, was the only way to stay on top of things. (It also meant my inbox was usually quite empty and so I looked super efficient).

If something I needed to know was cc'd, I'd find out once someone started screaming.
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Old 24.03.2015, 13:09
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

Depends on who sent it, and how long it is. I rarely read email more than 1 paragraph or 4 sentences long. Same goes with some posts from some users.
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Old 24.03.2015, 13:36
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

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Depends on who sent it, and how long it is. I rarely read email more than 1 paragraph or 4 sentences long. Same goes with some posts from some users.
this is a sentence. and here is a another. this is the third. this is the last one that phos will read. phos is a wanker. thanks for your attention.
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Old 24.03.2015, 14:02
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this is a sentence. and here is a another. this is the third. this is the last one that phos will read. phos is a wanker. thanks for your attention.
But your lack of capitals makes them only half sentences.
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Old 24.03.2015, 17:56
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

If I have time, I'll have a quick scan through the e-mail, that's all. I rarely delete or archive without at least taking a quick glance. But yes, it happens that I don't read them in much detail. At 400-500 e-mails per work week, you have to prioritize and I have to focus on those where an action on my part is needed rather than just those that are FYI.
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Old 24.03.2015, 18:32
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

Nope, deleted right away
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Old 24.03.2015, 18:43
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I think the main reason that many people don't read them is that too many people cc emails for no particular reason. When someone then uses 'Reply All' it just compounds the problem. If it is important, send it to the person directly.

It also helps to use 'For Action by (date)' or 'For Information' etc. in the title so that the recipient will know how important it may be without having to read it all first
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Old 24.03.2015, 20:07
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

To be honest I don't even check until after I have started reading. After a few lines I might think to look at the "to" and "cc", but my default behaviour is if it is in my inbox then I read it without checking first.

My boss on the other hand must delete all the emails he is copied on, which means he never knows anything that is going on. This drives the team mad and we are forever asking him to read his emails.

Our official company language is English, if I receive an email in any other language, which is quite often, then I delete it without reading it even if I would understand it.
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I've asked Outlook to color the ones I'm on to:, cc: and from my bosses. If a thread I'm on CC is of interest I mark it and follow, otherwise don't read anymore.
Besides there are dozens of mandatory mailing lists which I look into if someone discovers something interesting there and speaks about in the office :-)
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Old 24.03.2015, 21:27
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

i only read the surreptitious BCC
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Old 24.03.2015, 22:12
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

to my knowledge you only know whether you are in CC or not after your open the email. Then whether you choose to read it or not of course...I usually read them but delete them if I am not involved at all...
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

Wait what? You're supposed to read emails?
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Re: Do you read (professional) emails where you are in cc?

I regularly make the mistake to respond to such mails and get involved in the discussion. Just because I can't stand it if an email chain is going nowhere.
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