Do you have a love/hate affair with email? Boy I do! One the one hand this method of communicating is fast; can be sent to many simultaneously; creates an immediate “trail” of communication for future reference; and, if managed properly can be a time-saver.
On the other hand…oh brother! Miscommunication due to lack of “tone of voice” or “facial expressions”; improper use to deliver information that should be delivered in person; laziness of not getting out of the chair and walking 15 feet to the next office for a “real” conversation; and, the biggest bane of all…TOO MANY EMAILS!
I don’t have the answer for solving the blessing/curse paradox of electronic mail. But, here’s a hint. Use it only when necessary. Instead, pick up the phone or look the other person in the eye and relate face to face for Pete’s sake. (and who the heck is this Pete, anyway? I’d like to meet him!).
Well, I could say more here, but I’d rather visit with you in person.