A site visitor emailed that in his quest to become efficient and reduce the email volume in his inbox, he wanted to include “No Need for Reply” in his email or Subject: line. This was his way of letting the other side know that they didn’t have to spend time replying because, in his view, there is no reply necessary. Is this approach proper or is there a better way to carry out this goal?
One has to be careful when using this tactic to make sure you are not perceived as someone who is dictating or not open to replies that may in fact have an opinion different from yours. Why else would you make a point of stating “no need for reply”? Because you feel there is no reason for a reply does not mean the recipient will feel the same. Some could perceive that type of comment as a way of stating you are not interested in their input, opinion or point of view.
What I suggest you do, if you feel you need to head off an unnecessary reply, is to type at the end of your email before your closing something like “…no reply is necessary, just wanted to keep you in the loop.” With that said, keep in mind that simply by including these words will not prevent a reply if the recipient feels they have something they want you to be aware of.