Communication and Deadlines
If someone wants something done extra quickly, they need to tell me. I do not have a spare crystal ball to divine their requirements. (As I remember it, I flung my only one at a former boss, and being that I throw like a girl, it did not hit him full in the face as he richly deserved, but rather shattered against the wall above his right shoulder...) . So, one of the reviews I was going to share with you tonight is no more, as the deadline to write it expired without anyone telling me. Had the email I received told me that it was time sensitive, I would most likely have met the deadline. This vital piece of information was missing from the details.
COMMUNICATE ALREADY??? It's a wonderful thing, speech. As Professor Stephen Hawking would no doubt agree; 'It doesn't have to be like this. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking' (Pink Floyd: Keep Talking from 1994 release The Division Bell. YouTube link attached.)
At work, I am used to requesting my colleagues to do their best to have certain pieces of work back to me by a certain date and time. Generally they comply. In return, I too receive emails asking for certain tasks to be accomplished within a certain timeframe. Generally, I comply.
Communication, see? It works wonders.
What makes other people outside of work so sure I will know automatically?
I'd rather be told twice than not be told at all.
Do you find that people leave vital information out of emails, phone messages or instructions these days?
Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/man-working-what-to-do-311326/ Nemo on Pixabay, CC0 public domain image