Not exactly sure when this ended up being the norm, yet when did texting become the medium for important conversations? In today times, it’s not uncommon for someone to talk about a difficult part of a connection with someone over text, or for it to be the method one spouse elects to tell their partner that they want a divorce. Sometimes people will speak about something heartbreaking that happened, or say mean things to a person that they’d never have the guts to say to their face. And the real kicker? It happens at all times, as casually as if the same people were actually just buying lunch.
Well. Heads up. We understand this is gonna be a real surprise, but would like to know one area in which this “texting tactic” should never be used?
Don’t text your boss, homie.
Even when it’s cool among your group of friends, it’s not gonna be cool with the big guy at the office. Nope. If you have something to say, it’s consistently better to go and have that talking in person, and the following’s why.
Your mad texting skills may mean you’re super social and have lots to say, but they aren’t heading to help you follow saying important things in person. Sometimes you might need to go talk to the one in charge about something at the office that you’re uneasy with, or you might be itching under the collar because you feel that you are worthy of a raise and you’re willing to go pitch your case. Pretty sure, unless he’s already your buddy, he’s not willing to respond in the best fashion when his phone dings and it’s a text from you: “What’s up bro, I think I need a raise”. (And we’re not even going to talk about the fact that you’re missing an apostrophe and comma, there should be a question mark after your question, and there ought to be a period lattermost of what should be your second sentence. That’s really for a chat on grammar. Onward.) Suggestion: it’s a great idea to learn how to have important talks in person and be able to express yourself verbally, even in situations that may be a little unpleasant.
To agree to that point, conversations in person will glean more point from your employer. When he or she knows that you’ll come to their office to talk about your concerns, they’ll know you won’t conceal behind a screen when you have something important to say. They’ll appreciate that you have an opinion, and you own it adequately to step up and say it out loud.
Discussing something face to face gives your boss an opportunity to get to know you personally. And sure, we know you don’t want to be known as the person who’s trying to become the favorite, but it’s never bad to establish a few connections that make the people you work with more than just titles.
And, as an ultimate point, if your boss understands more about you and likes what they figure out about your work ethic and personality, it may open doors professionally that you might not have had otherwise. If you stick out in a nice way (rather than being just another person at a cubicle), you might be the person the administrator team calls on when they are planning to make a new strategic move, or when they have an extra ticket for box seats to an upcoming game.
Go and have the conversation face to face, even if it has to happen on one of our coaches when the boss hires us to do the driving for the office ski trip. We’ll try not to listen in, but we’ll definitely give you the thumbs up on the sly for having enough guts to say it how it is.