What's your stance on sending Holiday wishes to the Everyone group?

Posted on 2006-11-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
I have several users that do this and wondered if I'm the only one this bothers and do you take steps to prevent it?


Question by:adrianbarrs
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Hi adrianbarrs,
As long as they are short and appropriate then I don't have a problem with that.

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Scrooge - I, personally, am with you on that.
You have to draw the line somewhere and technically, that's a misuse of company resources.
Of course, if you don't have a written policy to fall back on, your case won't hold water.

If you have 500 users in an office and each were 'allowed' to do this - then you have to expect all 500 to follow suit - and that's more than disruptive - it's aggrivating if you're trying to get your work done so that you can go home and toast chestnuts over an open fire...


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JamesTX10 earned 167 total points
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> If you have 500 users in an office and each were 'allowed' to do this - then you have to expect all 500 to follow suit - and that's more than disruptive - it's aggrivating

True. I guess it would depend on the size of your CO and if you have a CO policy about it. We only have 50 users so it is not a problem here.

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David-Howard earned 166 total points
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I turn the blind eye to this one. It's hard to stop. Besides, how many times a year are we talking about this occurring; once maybe twice? I'm sure your network can handle the "strain" of the holiday messages. If it's something that is just getting under your skin maybe you can ignore it for a few days out of the year.  
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sirbounty earned 167 total points
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"once maybe twice?"

Let me give you a real-world scenario (in my office of 500+ users).

Around Christmas time a few years back, we had maybe 5-10 users that had the knowledge to use this method to send holiday wishes around.
Naturally, this technique spread like wildfire afterwards.
It wasn't long before it was used to let everyone know it was beginning to flurry outside!, to 'query' folks for lunch preferences when an appointed team lead was going to a local shop for food, and God forbid that nobody knows it's Jean's 40th birthday tomorrow.

The point it - it's not a horrific load on your network, but it can and should be stopped, unless you don't have a corp policy stating that it's not okay...

Some users might use it discreetly, but I've not found that to be the case...

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Thanks for replying all.
 I've got 170 users and they all signed an email policy forbidding this.
I now see emails containing animation, sound, etc. There are also many quoting the Bible which I know my HR dept discourages.
Some of my angst is due to cleaning out "sent" and "deleted" items and finding these being backed up months later.
No real right or wrong so points split. I am however with sirbounty in so far as this escalating from holidays to other areas.

Thanks again,
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Okay, so this was or is a religious issue with respect to the company. Hope we were able to help out somewhat.

My "once or twice" comment was meant for the one or two major holidays of each year. I'm quite familiar with the reaities of email and how it can be abused and when.
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David - I wasn't trying to discredit you at all.
I was merely pointing out that if you take the stance that it "only" happens during the holidays, you're kidding yourself...users can be sneaky... :^)
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No issues. I am under no illusions about users, email, etc. Personally, I've had more problems with users and their screensavers than anything else. :-)

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