I am struggling a bit lately with the seemingly different standards that people have with regard to communication. I think perhaps I expect more than the average person is prepared to give. I probably don’t need to tell you that, considering I don’t know you but you know everything that I do and think on a daily basis. Don’t worry though – I don’t expect reciprocation. But that’s beside the point…
Anyhow… I am finding this issue to be particularly prevalent among clients. That may be because I choose not to spend personal time with people that haven’t grasped the simple concept. Several times over the last month or so I have had emails or calls from clients asking for urgent work done. I never say no. It’s what boys like about me. But again, that’s beside the point.
So I do the work. I bust my butt working through my lunch hour or late into the night to meet my deadline. I send it through requesting feedback and then don’t hear back for several days. Huh? Seems a little strange considering your world was going to fall apart if I didn’t get it to you yesterday.
I’ve started adding lines to the end of messages saying things like “Please acknowledge receipt of this file” so that I don’t sit there stressing about whether or not it actually arrived. But still… no one does it. It tends to be men *feigns surprise* although I do know of one female that could do with a bull whipping.
I talked to a couple of friends about it the other day and they suggested that I create this issue for myself by stressing about it. I guess to a degree that is true, but what ever happened to common courtesy?
So that’ll do for now.
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