Do I Know You?
Using social mediums as I do, and as much as I do, and then expecting to be invisible just does not make much sense, I guess…
I really enjoy writing (although I have written very little on my blog this year) and I really enjoy the interactions that I get when using the many social platforms of today; especially LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
I use these mediums for egotistical reasons (I think most do but just don’t want to admit it) in that I like to be “on” and I like being the centre of attention. I engage for educational reasons such as keeping up on news and trends from around the world. Professional development and relationship building are also some key reasons for the amount of participation.
Quite frankly, probably one of the key motivations, is just for fun. I really enjoy the online world and what it has to offer.
Lately, there is one part of this new world that I am not liking so much. It revolves around the amount of unsolicited emails and time wasting emails that seem to be proliferating my mail box these days.
Gone are the days of researching someone before reaching out. I find now that many of my emails are being sent to me without any investigating from the sender to see if I am the one that should be the recipient of said email.
This is true especially when it comes to work related issues.
It is very clear on all of my socaial media profiles that indeed, I am a merchandise manager for London Drugs. I typically list what I do and what my responsibilities are so that authenticity and transparency are never a problem. We all know my biases this way J
I leave ways to communicate with me via work email and via personal. Should be very easy to figure out which email topics go to each respective email box… ie: work stuff to work email, and not work stuff to personal email…
It seems very clear to me. It does not seem clear to many others.
Lately, the amount of emails that I am getting for work related topics that have absolutely nothing to do with me are on the rise – exponentially! This is true of the amount of work related stuff that is also going to personal email accounts that have squat to do with work.
I am getting frustrated, dare I say angry, and it is increasing hard not to be rude.
I am constantly reminding myself to be polite, as my professional identity, I am trying to protect. Also protecting my company’s image, and I am just trying my damnedest to be respectful. I gotta tell you, it’s getting tougher.
I had written in the past that I thought it was offensive and just down right disrespectful for people to assume that an email that starts off with “I don’t know if this is yours” or “I am hoping you can direct me to” (just to give a few examples: I’m sure you get the drift) means that, out of the goodness of my heart and soul, I should now stop all I am doing and help out someone who spent so little time and effort in his/her email research. I need to now take the time to read another email and have it sent to the correct person because that’s just good service, or something like that…
Think about what is really going through my head.
You found me online, you never read my profile, you have no idea what I really do, you think that I can help you, you have spent no time doing any research to make sure that in fact I am the one you should contact to maybe help you because you are so busy, and you assume I have nothing better to do in my “non-busy day” except to help you get what you want…. Really!? Wow!
Come on folks. How much time do you think I am going to spend with you after that awesome first impression?
Take the extra five or ten minutes and do a little work and read a little more. Wasting my time, and quite frankly yours, is not going to make it better for you, or what you are pitching.
Think about it.
Ciao for now @kootenayborn