Friday, May 13, 2011

Don't text me professionally

Major pet peeve of mine, texting professionally.

If we work together, you should not text me. If you are friends with me, or are my mom, you can text me. Otherwise, call me and leave a message.

My colleagues will argue they don't want to call me. If that is the case, then it's really not that important and it can wait. Sent me an email.

My colleagues will then argue that I don't have email on my phone. That's right, I have a candy bar phone, its a LG Glance if you care. I am on my computer about 10 hours a day during the week, 2 on the weekend if I am not working. I want to have a way to disconnect, and I do it this way. Don't like it? Tough.

My colleagues ask, when can we be friends when and then it's okay for texting to occur? My response is when you or I leave this company, we no longer work together, and by chance we happen to be friends.

This is my preference, in general I don't think texting is a proper form of communication for the workplace.  Email and instant messaging alone have contextual issues and cause misunderstanding. I do appreciate the demanded short structure of the message that SMS provides, similar to Twitter, but it just doesn't feel right to me. Call me old fashion, but I prefer an email, or a phone call. If I miss the call, leave a message.

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