A friend of mine told me he just quit his job, to which I replied: "how did it go, was it contentious, nerve racking or awkward?"
The answer I received came as a bit of a surprise: "I don't know. I sent a text," he replied, completely unnerved by his response and totally oblivious to the fact that quitting your job via a text message is highly frowned upon and equally unprofessional on his part.
That's the blessing and curse of a text message; it's incredibly efficient and easy, but should be reserved for situations that don't absolutely require a face to face meeting or, at least, a phone call.
Aside from telling your employer that you he or she won't see your disgruntled face on Monday morning, what else is off limits when it comes to communicating through a text?
As long as your workplace is on the table for discussion, you'd be wise to forgo the text message and actually make a phone call when you're calling off sick for the day. Chance are if you're sending a text instead, two pertinent thoughts are permeating through your boss' brain: you're really sick or you're not telling the truth, and sadly the latter often wins out. If you are that sick, say that in the text. The same can be said if you're shooting your boss a text message at 4 in the morning because you can't sleep, but feel that a phone call at that hour isn't the best idea. The last thing you want is to tell your boss you won't be in the office tomorrow and wake them up in the middle of the night.
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