Instant messaging and e-mail make our jobs much easier. Long gone are the days of running to your colleague's desk to have normal, face-to-face human interaction about your project. Now, we can send each other passive-aggressive messages and avoid each other altogether. Yay.

This Monday, Amber Sevart tweeted the ridiculous work-related message she received. "I e-mailed you 3 days ago," it said. Indeed, the person contacted Amber on Friday afternoon at 4:47 pm. However, they followed up at 8:15 am on Monday morning which means they technically gave her 28 working minutes to respond.

Amber's tweet instantly went viral, generating over 295K likes and 823 comments, many of which were written by people who also wanted to share the infuriating and ridiculous exchanges they had the pleasure to be a part of at work.

I don't know whether the thread they have eventually created is sad, funny, or both, but it sure does capture the toxic communication most of us have to endure while making a living.

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
4 months ago

C'mon Marg, don't pretend you didn't know...

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Such e-mails might be a hint suggesting there's something wrong with the company, too. Experts say poor communication between employees and management is another sign of toxicity.

According to a study conducted by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), nearly 3 in 10 employees believe their managers don't encourage a culture of open and transparent communication. When this happens, managers and employees seldom interact. Even when they do, the information typically flows top-down with managers giving instructions to their subordinates, who have no autonomy whatsoever.

To make matters even worse, when the communication is poor, the collaboration between management and employees might also be negatively affected and employees become reluctant to ask questions.

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WilvanderHeijden
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4 months ago

Wise woman, after all he showed her what a douche he was.

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Research on leadership has shown that employees look at their leaders for cues on how to behave in the workplace. So, the communication problem between management and employees can spill into the rest of the organization. As a result, employees no longer see value in communicating and collaborating with each other. Instead of engaging in personal interactions, they prefer using other communications means.

Such as e-mails or text messages. It's a closed circle.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

I sell on eBay. This happens to me regularly. People need something immediately, but only pay for the cheapest ground shipping. Then the messages start. "I need this by Wednesday" "can you mail this right away" "is there any way I can get this faster?" Ahhhhhhhhh. Just thinking about it makes me mad. Pay for the shipping service you actually need people!!

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Tabitha L: I shop on eBay, and I don't understand people who give negative reviews straight away because their parcels arrived a couple of days late. And, this was before the pandemic. You are right, if you need something immediately, pay for the proper dispatch, whether it's DHL, FedEx, or USPS priority express.

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deanna woods
Community Member
4 months ago

To all people: MOST BUSINESSES ARE OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 9-5. WHEN THE BUSINESS IS CLOSED, IT IS CLOSED. GETTING MAD WILL DO NOTHING, BUT PISS OFF THE COMPANY. That is my rant for today.

Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

Excellent rant.

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Eric Law
Community Member
4 months ago

I feel for people in this situation, but wonder if the relevant information is being clearly communicated to the customer. For example if UPS usually picks up at 4:00 PM and you need two hours to process an order, it should be made clear to the customer (on the website, phone, whatever) that orders placed after 2:00 PM cannot arrive the next day. If that info *has* been communicated, then the customer is at fault.

Catlady6000
Community Member
4 months ago

I agree, unfortunately the customer has to actually read the posting.

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PeachPossum
Community Member
4 months ago

I feel for Nick and his two buddies.

Catherine Spencer-Mills
Community Member
4 months ago

I usually have excellent service from small companies as well as large. The most recent one was a disappointment. Some of the mix up was my fault. However, 3 WEEKS to travel only 1/4 of the way across the US was a bit much. I confess to nagging after the 2nd week.

BoredDragon
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4 months ago

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There’s no comments here. There, fixed it.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

It's especially amusing when you open at 8.30 AM

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Vic
Community Member
4 months ago

Sender of the email should be reported, this is not acceptable behaviour..

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Teresa Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

Which when working from home I struggled with BADLY. Worked as a middle school secretary during pandemic shutdown, and we still operated with normal business hours. Because I was working from home, I was calling 80+ families on my personal phone. Cool, because they felt heard and appreciated on someone's personal phone. Shitty, because sometimes I worked until 8pm because I just... Was there. And people called me whenever their shift was off with questions about their kid and how school was gonna be, etc etc....

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Ripley
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4 months ago

"A lack of organisation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part". Words to live by.

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Rissie
Community Member
4 months ago

Exactly. The kind version of stfu

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Rissie
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Just tell them upfront it is not ok behavior. No need to get frustrated, let them be the ones walking through a wall.

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Eric Law
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4 months ago

Type "yes", hit "send".

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Vic
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey! Cut her some slack, maybe she doesn't know to read.. only knows to write :-p

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wandile dludlu
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4 months ago

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...but did that email have an alternative option for them to email? someone else to deal with their issue while you were away? Life continues for the customer as well, and why should they be inconvenienced by someone on vacation

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Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

Yep. This happens to me on eBay as well. During the year, there is no shipping on Sundays, so I take that as my one day a week off from eBay shipping and messages. People will send 2,3,4 messages on a Sunday, and by Monday morning are full of ' i'Ve sEnT yOU fOUr mESsAgeS wHY HaVEn'T you ReSpONdeD??? ' (During the holidays, I ship 7 days a week, so this isn't an issue.)

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
4 months ago

Send an email at 11:59 p.m. on Friday. Send an email two minutes later - Hey I emailed you last week. Very unprofessional of you not to reply.

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Jill
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4 months ago

Not a bad idea!

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

Move the email to spam box and mark the sender as spam.

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Chez
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4 months ago

I don't return phone calls that come through after working hours or over weekends. If it's so urgent, they can call back or send an email.

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Katherine Boag
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4 months ago

What the actual.

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Stille20
Community Member
4 months ago

That being said, they should consider getting someone who follows the facebook stuff over the weekend. Fast replies help a company's facebook standing

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Eric Law
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4 months ago

If you're required to answer communications within 24 hours, that should not count as vacation!

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SimplySarcastic40
Community Member
4 months ago

Same industry as OP...same thing happened to me all the time. That, plus being told at the end of a 4 week project "oh by the way we need 3 other language versions of this 140 page book", expected to have them all finished in the same timeframe while getting blamed for typos in a language I couldn't even read (literally all I did was copy and paste what was provided).

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Charlotte A.
Community Member
4 months ago

If you have to spend time outside of work hours, answering emails etc, then you should have extra pay for that extra work. If your boss(es) won't pay extra time, they shouldn't expect extra work.

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OogieBoogie
Community Member
4 months ago

I used to work for a US company, but I was based in the UK, they would always schedule a Friday afternoon meeting for 12 P.M. , so they could chill afterward, they couldn't understand why I'd be like, "Yeah I'm outa here, as the UK is 5 hours ahead of you guys !"

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My O My
Community Member
4 months ago

Had a boss doing this. Re-scheduling the meeting from 8:30 to 7:30 am, nearly midnight. He was really mad when next to no one showed up on time

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Vic
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4 months ago

I'm sure the supervisor didn't reply "quickly enough" as well..

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
4 months ago

The person as well as the email, i hope.

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SPQRBob
Community Member
4 months ago

Please tell me the district office gave you permission to tell them to get bent...

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Dogs_are_cool
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4 months ago

some people are so annoying

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Eric Law
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4 months ago

I wonder what the response was?

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