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."

One Comment


    My boss actually texts me more often now. I was a bit apprehensive at first but now it is becoming more common.

    I can understand their reason for doing it. To be cool, hip and fit in with the younger employees but now I am finally at a point where I am understanding tech etiquette.

    Text message from a friend at 11 pm = cool
    Text message from the boss at 6 pm = ok-ish

    Text from a friend at 12am = cool
    Text from a boss at 8 pm = not cool

    It really comes down to how involved is your job in your life. Do you spend time outside of work with you coworkers? Do you find that when one is gone it significantly affects how well you can work?

    These are the questions I ask myself when i start blurring the lines with co-workers. It's all about you as a person, what makes you feel comfortable. After that, it's simply just another digital message that i'll never remember in a month.

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