Imagine that you work for a business, perhaps a law firm. You will have the opportunity to use your work email for a variety of purposes. Perhaps you could even use your work email when you buy products online, register on websites, and the like. Or maybe you are one step more clever than that, and have a designated "junk email" address that you have forwarded to your work email address. That would be convenient, would it not?
But consider — some day you may depart that firm for greener pastures. When you leave, you will no longer have control of your email account. Perhaps your firm will redirect your email address to the inbox of some responsible person — say, a partner — to make sure no work-related emails are missed in the transition following your departure. Perhaps you will forget to change the forwarding function on your "junk email" account. And so, the week after your departure, that partner might abruptly begin getting emails with first sentences like this one:
We introduce ourselves as the leading suppliers of leather wear including state of the art fetish and bondage leatherwear.
Now, maybe you have no problem with your former employer getting email like that.
Maybe your former employer will forward it to you at your new job, with a kind note.
Or maybe, just maybe, you may want to reconsider your email protocol.
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