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The New York Times Says Workers Prefer to Communicate Via Instant Messaging

What Geeky Way Do You Prefer to Communicate at Work?

In any office, it's important to communicate with each other, but we've come a long way from the old days, when your boss would sidle up to your desk and scare you. Now, we have the luxury of emailing each other, instant messaging, leaving voice mails — for better or worse. As passive aggressive as this non-face-to-face chitchat can sometimes be, I think it gives us the chance to talk more and more often with our colleagues and superiors (generally a good thing).

The New York Times reports that people prefer to communicate via instant message at work, due to its quickness and efficiency. From an office that depends on instant messaging for day-to-day communication, I agree — it's my favorite way to communicate at work. What's yours?


droguedemusique droguedemusique 9 years
i'm a fan of the text message. i keep my phone on vibrate and my boss doesn't even know that i text all day. :)
MsSwank MsSwank 9 years
jkatie jkatie 9 years
pretty much the same as missmarisol there are just some things you gotta track
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I use email when I need to track the conversation. IM when I need an answer or just have a quick convo when I am on the phone.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
My bff in time wasting is now in a satellite office, and we set up the office IM so we're just as often sharing random thoughts throughout the day - both work related and not. It is amazing. Also, my other favorite in my office is in the exact opposite corner, and I can only drop by so often w/o going to the bathroom or break room before ppl notice I'm totally avoiding work and visiting her.
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
IM-ing is instant and free!
Charlsie Charlsie 9 years
I heart email! We're not at our computers all the time, so it's much more effective than im.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 9 years
Depends who I'm talking to but usually text. But instant messaging when I'm busy at work and cant move from the keyboard.
neko neko 9 years
We use IM and phone. My biggest peeve is when someone emails, then IMs or comes over asking if I got the email.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
when i worked in an office, i used e-mail, but only with myself and my boss/supervisor. other people, i'd have to go to their office or phone them.
devils devils 9 years
Email if it's not something very urgent. If it's really urgent, then the cell phone is the best because it's easier to talk it out. Face to face works too though lol
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
IM or e-mail preferrably
hey1tsjenny hey1tsjenny 9 years
one of the perks of working at a dotcom is being able to use IM daily w/o having to look over my shoulder. Especially since my partners are constantly on IMs. Great industry to be in since I'm an IM-o-holic. If not IM, then email.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
E-mail to CYA.
chicobo chicobo 9 years
Chat for the people in my department, emails for everybody else. Everyone and their mama have a device here so emails are handy.
millarci millarci 9 years
I would like to use instant messanger but we don't have it at work. So we use e-mail or intercome.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
In my company we have two onsite techs and two people in the office. We use iChat and email to communicate. Occasionally TM as well. I rarely make a phone call as clients get weird about us being on the phone.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 9 years
I don't work in an office (I'm a high school teacher), and since the time that I can communicate with others is very limited (6 minutes between classes, and 5th period prep), I usually email. We don't have texting or IMing ability within our district network (though I figured out gtalk is a workaround so that I can chat with family and friends during lunch time). But, by emailing, it allows the other person to respond on his or her own time.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
IM for me
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 9 years
Gotta go with IM a few of my co-workers and I use it and especially on a crazy busy day you'll get a faster response than email.
calamari calamari 9 years
IM...having your inbox filled with 24 back and forth messages between 2 people in a group discussing which outside vendor we should use to print a brochure...blah...drives me crazy ;)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
We use IM a lot but I kind of hate it. When I get an IM it pops up right in the middle of whatever else I'm doing. Using email helps me work on my own terms, and in my own time.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
We constantly use email. I wish we could instant message, it would make things so much easier.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I wish we had IM, but the powers that be are a little afraid of technology. It took us up until last week just to get voicemail and there was actually a company sponsored day in which internal email was banned because they are concerned that we're losing our "personal touch". :oy: That was the most frustrating day ever.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I prefer email. You can respond when you're ready. No need to return a phonecall or let someone sit forever on im empty. My biggest pet peeve? That people email you and then come and sit at your desk waiting for an answer. Why go to all of the trouble? I will reply, silly. yadiet - have you ever tried digsby? It's not as cool and integrated into firefox as meebo, but it does integrate with facebook chat and tweeter too. Anyway, I love it!
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