How many times have you read a work e-mail containing the over-used and formal “hope all is well”, or the more casual “hope everybody is doing well”, mindlessly added as an uninspired closing?
Or worse, you are the one writing an e-mail and close it out with the generic “hope all is well” — isn’t there something more meaningful and heartfelt you can say that conveys your good wishes better than that tired phrase?
‘Hope all is well’ can be annoying as … well, it can be annoying.
Yes. Inject some life into your professional greetings! Here are some alternatives to the standard “hope all is well” line that your work clients and colleagues might better appreciate:
1. “I hope this email finds you well.”
Where have they been hiding? Not quite as boring as “I hope all is well with you”, this phrase works well to begin or close out an email. While a little distant, it hides your true feelings well if you are writing to an ex, for example.
2. “I hope you’re having a two-coffee (versus a four-coffee) day.”
A one-coffee day would be ideal, but we can only ask for so much. A two-milkshake day would be good, too.
3. “What’s the latest in your world?”
Prepare for a thorough reply. Or ask a more pointed question with a narrow scope, such as:
4. “How are you holding up in this [covid BS, summer heat, winter cold, weather]?”
A little more casual, a little more conversational.
5. “Travelled anywhere fun lately?”
An evil question during 2020 perhaps, but still gets the conversation started.
6. “Hope you’re hanging in there. Sending good vibes your way!”
This is a nice way to send warmth without asking for anything in return. Especially useful when your time is limited and your interest is low yet you want to extend a kind word to a fallen colleague or one expecting a promotion. Or working from home with kids.
7. “Any plans for the [summer/long weekend/holidays]?”
This one is nice, but if you ask about their evening plans, they might assume you are asking them out on a date.
8. “How’s life on that side of the office today?“
If you share an office, this works; replace with city or region or whatever is applicable. “How’s life on that side of the pond?” works too, if applicable.
9. “I trust you are all well and enjoying good health.”
This one can seem a little weird, depending on your relationship with the person. Reserve this for friends and acquaintances around holidays during a pandemic.
10. “How about those Jays?”
Much less personal (unless the person is a die-hard fan of whichever sports team you substitute here) and appropriate for when you don’t know what else to say but want to avoid the insincere “love you” closing.
11. “Enjoy your day (it may be your last)”
Just kidding. Spice up your email but maintain a friendly, light tone. Avoid triggering existential ponderings while at work.
Annoyed by Insincere Platitudes?
You’re not alone.