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The CYA Email – Will We Ever Be Free? 

The CYA Email – Will We Ever Be Free? 

Did you get that in writing?

Because if it’s not in writing, it didn’t happen. I have heard this many times in my work career, and even lost a job I loved because I only had a verbal agreement. Unfortunately, simply doing good work isn’t always enough - we fear not getting credit, not being heard, and of course we fear having our heads on the chopping block when things go south. All this creates a culture of “covering your a$$” at work that negatively impacts company culture.  

The CYA Email — Will We Ever Be Free?

The CYA Email — Will We Ever Be Free?

We are adults, right? You would think doing your job would be enough.

You would think all the hours you spend on work and meetings to deliver a project would be enough.

You would think the verbal status report you give in your weekly meetings would be enough.

Sadly, in our “if it isn’t in writing it didn’t happen” culture, often that just doesn’t cut it.

Will we ever see a time when we no longer need the infamous CYA (Cover Your Ass) email?