We Tested Our Staff Emails On Watson And Here's What He Said

The daily struggles of email etiquette


Last week, IBM revealed its supercomputer Watson will now analyse your emails and tell you if it strikes the right tone, going as far as to suggest ways to edit your messages so that they're more agreeable. This is a big deal, mostly because office communication is an ongoing conundrum. On any given day, at any given moment your messages have got to sound warm and approachable, BUT authoritative; upbeat and cheery, BUT constructively critical; diplomatic, BUT truthful — with a witty punchline thrown in for good measure. The pressure! To see how we stack up, we put a few of our staff emails to the test to see what Watson has to say. 


Tidy up! 

What ELLE chief sub-editor Fern said:

Hi everyone

Just a reminder that we have visitors in the building tomorrow.

Our lovely intern Olivia has done a great job cleaning up the shared spaces. Please can you make sure you remove everything from (and under) your desks before you leave tonight.



What Watson said: 


Social Media-ing

What ELLE Acting Content Director Kenya Hunt said: 

Hi team,

Buffer is in need of some love right now. Could you each commit to one Tweet and one Facebook, right now? 

Thaaaaank you! 


What Watson said:

Run Club

What ELLE Beauty Contributor Natalie Lukaitis said:

We have the awesome Ally taking us… everyone who has done a session with him can vouch for the fact that he is amazing and you’ll get a great workout, but also have lots of fun. 

Bring your kit, we leave at 1pm 

What Watson said:

Swim Team

What ELLE Head of Editorial Business Management Debbie Morgan said: 

Hello swimmers!

Fern and I have booked to go to the King's Cross Pond Club after work – the UK's first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond - would anyone like to join us? It's £3.50 and we are going to go to Dishoom afterwards! Fern went this morning and loved it so I am very excited to try it out too – no wetsuits required!



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