Dear Jane: Partner's Long Voicemails Tick Me Off

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:27

Dear Jane,

I work with a partner who leaves me long voicemail messages.  Is there an acceptable way that I can ask him to e-mail me instead?


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Dear Don’t Have Time to Listen to Messages,

Every person has his/her own communication preferences and apparently this partner likes to talk on the phone.  One solution to prevent long voicemail messages is to pick up the phone when he calls.  Another solution is to ask your admin to transcribe the voicemail message.  Asking the partner to change his style is not a high-percentage play.  Instead, figure out a system to work with it in a way that does not irritate you.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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