If a manager ever texts "hi," "hello," or "hey," without any further context, most people will assume that they're fired. The same goes for "are you around?", "let me know when you get in," and "can we talk?"
If you're a manager, don't text your report "hey" and then wait for them to respond. Get to the point, or we're going to assume the point is very very bad.
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If you actually do need to have a serious (and potentially career-affecting) conversation with someone in a remote context, consider doing it during a regularly scheduled one-on-one session, so there's no pre-conversation anxiety.
Because text-based messages are different from a phone call, saying "hello" before getting to the point actually makes communication take longer.
This is less efficient than the alternative:
Reaching out privately to a colleague can feel weird because making the active decision to initiate a conversation usually creates the expectation that you want something.
So explain why you're reaching out. Always give a reason why you want to talk to someone. Also, send one message, then wait for a response. And if someone continually doesn't respond when you reach out, take the hint.
Any email message we send has the potential to be read in the wrong context, or misinterpreted entirely by the recipient. Even if we have smiley faces in the email, it is no match for actual face-to-face, video, or telephonic conversations, which, apart from our words, also showcase our empathy and earnestness.
Compared to a face-face conversation, an email is just a bunch of words that once sent, are out of our control.
To better build rapport and counter isolation do the following:
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