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Office Communications - What Went Wrong?

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Old habits? new technologies? the way it is used or implemented? what hinders effective communications at the office? see this story and judge it yourself.
Note: source unknown. received it by email circa 2002...

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Office Communications - What Went Wrong?

  1. 1. COMMUNICATIONS WITHOUT LIMITS!!Welcome to the era of ...
  2. 2.  …rrring 
  3. 3. Hello Bob?Did you review the contract I sent you?
  4. 4. -... So it’s finished? You’ll send it to me by e-mail?- My e-mail address? Frankly, I don’t remember it !!!
  5. 5. - Just a minute, let me check.-NICOOOLE, ...WHAT’S MY E-MAIL ADDRESS?
  6. 6. - No, no, that’s my home e-mail address!- Listen, I can’t find it.Let me check and call you back.
  7. 7. - Oh!... You’re going for lunch...OK, I’ll send you the address by fax.You’ll have it when you get back. OK?
  8. 8. OK. So give me your fax number.- What! You don’t know it?
  9. 9. - OK, here’s what we’ll do.You e-mail me your fax number and I’ll fax youmy e-mail address.- No, that won’t work.Wait, I’m getting mixed up...Let me think...
  10. 10. So… Hum… OK… Well… Yeah…
  11. 11. - What’s your cell-phone number?- Oh, your battery is dead ... Mine too...
  12. 12. - OK, listen, here’s what we’ll do...- You charge your cell-phone battery, I’ll call you in a couple ofhours and leave you my e-mail address in your voice mail.
  13. 13. - Then you take my e-mail address in your voice mail and youe-mail me your fax number.-Then I can fax you my e-mail address.
  14. 14. - That’s plan A. Now for plan B!I send myself an e-mail to see what my e-mail address isand then I record a message for you in my voice mail....
  15. 15. …when you get it, you send me the answer on my pager...…so then, I send you a fax with my e-mail address.
  16. 16. - Complicated?No, it’s not at all complicated.-We just need a bit of coordination... and luck...
  17. 17. -There’s also a third possibility that’s much simpler: plan C...You send me the contract directly by express messenger.-Yeah!... It’s the best plan strategically speaking...
  18. 18. - But actually, I have a small question...…what was I supposed to send you by e-mail?My e-mail address, my fax number, my cell number,pager, telephone?
  19. 19. - Oh! You don’t remember either.- It would probably be a good idea to have periodicbilateral coordination meetings concerning protocolsfor internal communications.
  20. 20. - But anyway, since your office is at the other end of the corridor,I’ll come by to pick it up in 2 minutes... OK? Bye!
  21. 21. And the moral…:Thanks to technology, we can nowwaste time with an efficiency untilnow unimaginable, all in the name ofsaving time…

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