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Old 02-01-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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So, I worked for this guy for a few weeks and I was wondering who finds texting to be the primary means of communication from owner to his guys. I find it unprofessional and childish.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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I was phased out/ fired/ let go whatever you want to call it, via text....

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Small memos and notes via text, but important details get a phone call.
I did fire a guy via text once because he wouldn't answer his phone.
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The guy is a wussy....

You dont fire someone via text.
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Small memos and notes via text, but important details get a phone call.
I did fire a guy via text once because he wouldn't answer his phone.
He also didn't show up for two days.
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I text my men for spur of the moment, non important issues (ie pick up a bundle of studs on your way back to the jobsite). Major issues or something with detail is much easier with a phone call.

I never text a client unless its initiated by them. Even at that point I clarify that its ok to text and if they would prefer a phone call.

As for dismissing an employee via text? No way. I'm a businessman, a professional. THAT is not professional.

Simple as that. He didn't have the balls to tell you in a situation where emotions can be relayed. He wimped out.

For all the good technology has done for us, it has hurt us just as much. It's just another layer of protection for people to hide behind. Conveying an email or text with negativity is much easier than facing the issue head on and dealing with it like a professional.

They don't like what you had to say,or how you replied? Ignore it.

I'd rather be hung up on or walked away from rather than being told something of that nature via social media.

I'm not someone who doesn't embrace changing times or advancements in technology, in fact I text personally all the time, but no matter how far our society improves technologically, most business will always be better handled voice to voice or better yet,person to person.
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I have found that at least 50% of my clients prefer texting to calls or emails for the mundane day to day stuff on their project.
I use it extensively with my guys to remind them of certain details.

I would never use a text for really important information. Always a phone call with an email sent as confirmation.
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I've had guys quit via text... Sort of... one wanted about a 50% pay increase or he was done so I told him "Then you're done" via text. I've never fired someone via text though.
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You don't seem to last very long at anything.

Maybe he didn't like talking to you?
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Face it, texting is an accepted method of conversing now. You don't have to like it but it is.

I don't mind it as I will always have a copy of a conversation to keep. Even if I talk to a customer via phone, I will follow up with a summary message via email so I will always have a hard copy. No "he said/they said" that way.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #11
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What did you do, bone the owner's wife?
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I don't text and have set phone to not notify of them.......I wont allow the guys to have phones on them while working except for 1 with preggers wife and other situations. You should see the thumbs go to town at lunch and after work tho its fun to watch.

I do see where for the quick things text is better but its also distracting and dangerous on my jobsites. I went balistic one day after picking up trim for a 7:12 metal roof we were doing and I had 5 guys standing on the roof texting, ya see even if its basickly a guys fualt they get hurt it still costs my bussiness so I try and eliminate distractions and unsafe habits.

I did have to explain to a POd girlfriend at lunch one day why her boyfriend couldnt have his phone on.....he was happy to have 10 hours of peace a day but she wasnt and thought I was a big jerk until she saw where, how, and what we do up close.
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So, I worked for this guy for a few weeks and I was wondering who finds texting to be the primary means of communication from owner to his guys. I find it unprofessional and childish.
Texting has quickly become the main form of communication. Now that people can receive emails via cell-phone, that too has become increasingly common.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:54 AM   #14
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You don't seem to last very long at anything.

Maybe he didn't like talking to you?
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he texts everyone 99% of the time, usually at 9:30pm with the address for the next day, after he told you you wern't working the next day, at 10 that morning.
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he texts everyone 99% of the time, usually at 9:30pm with the address for the next day, after he told you you wern't working the next day, at 10 that morning.
So if you know he texts everyone, why are you bitching that he fired you via text message?

You shouldn't be surprised.
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Texting is both a blessing and a curse. It is great that you can have a quick communication with someone in real time. However, what ever happened to simply picking up the phone and having a quick conversation with someone?
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:13 AM   #17
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So if you know he texts everyone, why are you bitching that he fired you via text message?

You shouldn't be surprised.
I'm not bitching as much as checking to see that I wasn't the only one to find it as spineless.

I can deal with the texting for notes, simple stuff, but to be "different directioned", how he put it, via text is slimy. I guess duh, so is he.
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I like to consider myself technologically literate, but texting sometimes drives me crazy.

It's one thing for something short and sweet and not extended that doesn't require a lengthy back and forth but to have a conversation via texting that takes 3 times as long to say what you could have said via the phone is mind boggling to me...

Although I do like angus242's idea of following up a conversation on the phone with a text of the details (just remember to be forward it to your email and copy the client if your texting has limited storage capacity).

I've watched kids SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER texting each other... HELLO, they are RIGHT THERE!

That to me, takes us in the wrong direction... but this next generation is absorbed with it... I see little kids with $300 IPods. Go figure...
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On a bad weather day, bossman will send us texts saying no work, so he doesn't have to stay awake until the rest of us are awake. I like it better than answering my phone at 6 am anyway.
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Small memos and notes via text, but important details get a phone call.
I did fire a guy via text once because he wouldn't answer his phone.
You fired a guy because he didn't answer his phone? What a hard ass!

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