Texting coworkers?

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Texting coworkers?
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Fri, 10-18-2013 - 12:25pm

You've probably gotten advice about texting exboyfriends or exhusbands (http://www.ivillage.com/ten-things-never-text-your-ex/6-a-522116), but have you thought about what rules to follow when texting coworkers or your boss?

Of course there are times when no one should be texting (http://blog.bookrenter.com/2012/03/five-situations-when-you-should-not-be-texting/), but there are also things that you shouldn't say via text message to those at your workplace, such as that you'll be out due to illness--it's much better to call, even to leave a voicemail message, than it is to type out a text on a cell phone. Remember that text messages, and even voicemail messages, can be saved and forwarded; so, be professional in all of your ways of communicating!

For more tips, see the article, When Should You Use Texting at Work at http://www.staffingagencyphoenix.com/when-should-you-use-texting-at-work/2013-04-08.

Have a good weekend!

Liz


Clinical Research Associate


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Registered: 06-06-2001
Tue, 12-03-2013 - 4:43am

If you do text, beware of autocorrect! Sometimes it does more harm than help, I think.

http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com/

Some of the outcomes are funny, but if they were directed to your boss, it might not be as comical!

Liz


Clinical Research Associate


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Registered: 06-06-2001
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 2:07pm

I agree, Mahopac. My boyfriend worked at a cell phone retail store, and he and his co-workers, boss, regional managers, etc. included, relied heavily on text communication; however, I still think it would be best to call if he had been sick and not able to cover his shift.

I would probably be more likely to text with younger coworkers than older ones, but in general, I'm going to be emailing and calling way more than texting to any coworkers.

Liz


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Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 3:47pm

It depends on your industry.  In technology, people usually communicate by text and are often annoyed by unexpected phone calls.  Even bosses.  Sometimes especially bosses.

I'd say it's best to be aware of your company's culture around texting and follow that.  Look to your boss and not your peers, however.  And for goodness sake, mute your text alerts while at work!  At my last job, one employee got so many texts - his phone was constantly dinging - that I wondered how he ever got his job done. 

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 2:10pm
You made some great points about text messages. I can't think of a time where it would ever be a great idea to text your boss, especially on a friendly basis.