So I thought my communication skills were above the norm but I'm finding it hard to get introverts (INTP specifically) to reply to work related emails that ask for information/opinion. In-person talks are not a problem at all. In fact I specifically give them time to express themselves every meeting.
At first I thought this would go away as we got to know each other better. Then I started to set precedent by replying to their emails with as much info and opinion as possible. This only made it worse.
The problem here is the balance of power. The introvert in question is on the same hierarchical level as I, so there is no established contract between us save for courtesy.
I want them to email me their OPINION and info even if they aren't sure of it, just tag the info as 'unsure' and I'll work on the basis of that!
I want to ask you for a solutions because I'm sure I'll face this again with others. Whats happening here? Am I intimidating them? Are they just unsure of what to say? Is it something deeper like they are incompetent and don't want to show it? Or are they guilty about not meeting some deadline and don't want to admit that they are slackers (for a weekly update email)? Or is it that they are super 'P' and have a hard time making decisions when not face to face?
There are times when work MUST be done through email because we are working remotely. so HELP!