Regain Your Time says:
Bcc for Private Communication
Bad Idea: You’ve probably heard at least one horror story about a Bcc gone embarrassingly awry. A common use for bcc is to share a message with someone that you don’t want the recipient to know you shared. Ethics aside, there is simply too much potential for unintended consequences with a bcc.
Better: If you want to privately copy someone on a message, send it to the primary recipient, then go into your “sent” folder and forward the message, alerting the “private” recipient why you are sending it to them. For example, “Mary, below is the message I sent to Jane to call attention to her frequent tardiness.”
When cc’ing and bcc’ing are done in passive aggressive, manipulative, underhanded ways, not only can it lead to a breakdown in any future conversation, but it also can erode trust and true teamwork between employees. And sometimes you just need to stop with the emails and have an actual conversation to avoid any confusion or hurt feelings or what can’t be properly conveyed or understood through text with no tone.
I’m telling y’all, some stop ccing shirts are so necessary. On some snitches get stitches. Ccin’ gets beatings. Now run cc dat.
Have you ever had a cc battle with a co-worker? Do share!
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.