Texting Your Boss: What's Inappropriate?

Last Updated Jun 29, 2010 10:16 AM EDT

It's a different age. According to a study conducted by GOGII, maker of text messaging app textPlus, more and more workplace conversations are now happening via text message. Consider:
  • 11% of recently college graduates think it's okay to ask for a raise by text
  • 32% say it's okay to call in sick by text
  • 11% think it's okay to quit a job by text
And they claim it's getting worse, with younger people even more permissive of this kind of texting.

If true - and I suppose the statistics are somewhat dubious to begin with - I find this utterly appalling. Would anyone really conduct such a sensitive converation via the same mechanism that teenagers use to schedule a trip to the movies?

As a manager, I've gotten exactly one text message from a direct report, and it was to help rendezvous for a meeting in a downtown office building which neither of us were familair with. If someone called in sick via text, I'd seriously question their professionalism.

What do you think about this trend? Would you text your boss (or in the words of 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney, send a "business sext") about critical business and career issues? [MyFoxHouston via Lifehacker]

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