Interruptions - Do you know important chats should be in an email?
First of all, understand that IM is distracting so use it judiciously. However, IM is great when an email is unclear or you have an additional question about the email that is stopping you from sending a 'done'. IM is great for reminding people and is excellent to push the important things... especially for people who ignore emails!
Dealing with external clients
During the course of an IM chat with a client or manager, an action or a piece of work may be required. It's highly important that such chats are copied from the chat and pasted into an email.
"As per our IM conversation, I will XXX."
When you copy and paste a Skype conversation into an email remember the following:
- Who are you sending the email to? Is there any private information that should not be shared with the group?
- Have you asked for permission to copy the Skype conversation into an email? The other party may not want to share it in an email
- Does the conversation add value to the email or can it be left out?
- If you decide to copy the conversation then make sure you edit it so it is easy to read and relevant
Make it readable by snipping out just the important information and CC relevant parties. (See rule on Snipping for more information).
If you get an internal IM that should be an email, don't simply convert it into in an email as above - be a standardwatchdog and let the other person know that they should send emails instead of instant messages:
"Hi xxx, next time an email would have been less distracting.
For things like this - that are clearly tasks, and require a 'done' - please send an email straight away as per https://rules.ssw.com.au/important-chats-should-be-in-an-email"