People just don't return my emails!

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  1. linswin23

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    Does this happen to you? I have sent out multiple emails regarding some after school activities I am involved in and no one has responded. I really don't want to hunt people down.
     
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    To whom are you sending emails?
     
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    Fellow teachers in my school about extra curricular activities. For example, I am asking one teacher to let me know what day is good for her to do an activity with my class and another class. I've sent multiple emails, but nothing has been returned. This has happened in the past, too. I'm getting frustrated.
     
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    I have a few colleagues who rarely check email (and then complain when they don't know about something!) can you touch base in person with this colleague?
     
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    Yes, I can. I will have to, lol!
     
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    This happens at my school too!
     
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    Yeah, it stinks to hunt people down when email is so convenient but some teachers just really don't check/respond to email. It happens. I have a little group that I know I have to find in person if I need to ask them something.
     
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    Do they have a mailbox in the office or teacher's lounge? Get a neon colored sheet of paper and write the note on it. Tape it to the inside of the box. Don't just lay it in there to be covered up by other papers.
     
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    I find it so odd that people who live and die by email and text messages in their private lives often ignore work email in the school setting. One such person explained it to me this way: If I don't open the work email, I can pretend I never saw it. The email could be good or bad, but why take the chance that it could be bad - just ignore them all. Go figure - this from a mom who texted with her kids like a fiend.
     
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    When I email someone and they don't respond I check to see if the message is marked "read". Are you able to see if the message was read? Some people just read emails then go on to the next one and forget to respond. I think you might have to seek them out in person and let them know you emailed them (maybe they will respond in the future).
     
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    We have to do some online trainings during the year and they will email you when it's due. Well, some people don't check their email and then the day it's due the VP has to come around and tell them they have only 1 day to do it. Seriously, it's ridiculous. The email says you have about a month to get it done so I don't know why people are having a problem unless they don't check their email!
     
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    I have a few coworkers that are the same way. When trying to schedule IEP meetings with multiple people (admin, gen ed, speech, etc) it's a lot easier for me if everyone replies to the email if they can come or not, especially if there are multiple dates in question, but more often than not there are a few that I always have to go to in person.

    One of my former coworkers and former teachers (now retired) was an amazing teacher but just didn't "get" technology. He was so notoriously bad at checking emails until he had 200+ in his inbox, and then he just wouldn't read any because he didn't know if they were important or not. It became common practice his last year of teaching to start emails he NEEDED to see with "JOHN DOE must open!" or "JOHN DOE REPLY NEEDED" in the subject line.
     
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    Personally, I have zero tolerance for the "I don't check my email" excuse. Thankfully, though, the culture in my district is that everyone checks their email multiple times per day (before school, recess, lunch, and after school--which are all during contracted hours).
     
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    I know the feeling, but do not get upset when they don't respond. If you get aggravated by no responses or slow responses to your emails, then try to limit the usage of emails when you can. Try to only ask questions/comments face to face. Believe it or not, I think there's a term for this or there should be a term for this entitled "email rage". I think I may have it too, so I try to limit sending out emails when I can. Another pet peeve of mine dealing with communications, is when an employer doesn't leave a voice message on my phone. I've put in the hassle of writing up a cover letter, resume, and collecting my transcripts- and you can't even leave a voice message to my phone when I'm not available?. In those cases, I don't even call them back- their lack of importance in responding to my application tells me they may be untrustworthy. Sorry/rant.
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    I would be grateful. No need to run the activity now. Better work life balance for you!
     
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    I HATE when people are like this. It's so rude and unprofessional, IMO. The teachers in the first school I worked in were so bad about reading email that my admins had to change our evaluation system to include a category about "keeping up with school communications" or something like that. Thankfully, the majority of teachers at my current school read their email.
     
  18. blazer

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    Some folk don't regard email as instant communication and only check it daily or sometimes weekly. Just because you sent an email it does not necessarily follow that all the people you sent it to will read it. Or if they do read it may think it worth replying to.
     
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    I check mine daily and respond as quickly as possible, but I have the biggest problem getting admin to return emails! (I rarely email so I'm not bombarding them, but I know I'm not the only one who has this problem.)

    I've worked for many administrators and have never had this problem. I know it's annoying to have teachers who don't check/read/respond to email, but I think it's worse for admin to do the same thing.

    (Even though I don't even work in the same state as you, YTG, I know you're not that kind of admin!)
     
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    I don't understand how anyone can function in a work environment and not check and respond to emails regularly.
     
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    Makes you wonder how we ever managed before email doesn't it?;)
     
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