Dear Lifehacker, One of my bosses frequently sends work-related emails to my private email address instead of my work one. (Our private emails are in the system for electronic payslip purposes.) I've asked a number of times for her to stop this but whenever she is typing an email address she selects the first auto-fill suggestion without reading it. How can I get her to stop?
Even though she has apologised, it keeps happening — sometimes three or four times per day! This is also becoming an issue when I am CC'd into emails with clients. I want to keep my private email separate from my work email. How can I sort this out, but at the same time not be a dick towards my boss? Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks, Colliding Worlds
The simplest and least confrontational solution is to notify her — via your work email — that you've changed personal email addresses and will no longer be checking the old one on a regular basis. Explain that you will only be using it to review payslips; otherwise it's effectively a "dead" account. (You can also set up an auto-reply exclusively for your work's domain name to reaffirm this.)
If she continues to send emails to this address, ignore them. You've thoroughly explained the situation on record so the culpability is all on her. After a few ignored emails, she will almost certainly get the picture and make the necessary adjustments.
In the unlikely event that nothing changes, politely offer to remove the address from her saved contacts so it doesn't automatically appear when she starts typing your name. There's no reason why this situation can't be remedied civilly; you just need to be proactive about it. Good luck!
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