If someone drops you a polite note, it’s nice to reply. When you don’t respond, I wonder – is it because……
a. You don’t know the answer
b. You’re busy
c. You don’t give a damn
d. You didn’t read it yet because you have a lot of emails
e. You have no intention of doing it until you’re chased
f. You don’t really see it as a priority
Or anything else that I don’t really understand.
Can I ask you – take the time to give an honest reply. There are really busy people I work with and communicate with constantly who are always the first to fill in a doodle, respond with information for a project, reply to meeting invites, offer up dates, etc.
Then there are really busy people who must be busy dealing with their avalanche of unreplied to emails. I might have sent three reminders, rather than one rather straightforward simple request, or it all becomes last minute because I forget to remind you and then things don’t get done well, and everyone gets a bit irritable.
I am rather confused by the non-responder; is it passive/aggressive resistance? Is it a dismissal of others needs? Is it fear to say that you don’t want to do something? Probably if you’re a non responder, you won’t respond to this. But I wonder how much time is taken up by us chasing each other. I say us; I mean you, because I believe that to be acknowledged is an important human need, and it’s something I am committed to.