Do You Text Your Boss?

Posted October 13, 2009 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

I remember when text messaging first became available and even I, who is obsessed with technology, scoffed. Seriously, people, just pick up the phone. But years later, I’m a texter – even more so than emailing, Twitter direct messaging and phone calling. I text. But one of my strongest text relationships has surprised me. I soon began to text…my boss.

That’s right, I texted regularly with a former boss. Now maybe this isn’t so foreign for some of you, but for me, it is. But it made our relationship and our communication so much easier. As a fundraiser, most of my job and my boss’ job were out of the office. It was a rare day when both of us were in the office for 8 hours. So most of our touching base was done via text.

I’m always an advocate for creating your own relationship with your boss. Do what works for you and find out what works for them. It works for my boss and I to quickly text “be in at 2 after meeting” or “sent you urgent email, log in and look when you get a minute.” Keeps us up to date and even though we’re both gone a lot, we feel like we talk constantly.

So text away, even to your superior.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."