Somebody here once told me I was boring, and I look at that thread title and think they're probably right, but I can only do what I can do, so yeah, I want to talk about voice mail etiquette. There's a Director in Personnel who calls my desk phone and leaves a voice mail message with zero content. She just says "Tilty, call me as soon as you get this message, please." And it pisses me off every time. There's like fifteen minutes of talk time for each voice mail -- why won't she just tell me what she wants to say? Am I the only one who gets bugged by this? Because if she's calling me, it's not good; it's never good. It can only be bad. So this morning I was swamped busy, had one person I report to breathing down my neck about getting some info for the client, had another person I report to with emails going fast and furious about some negotiations we were in the middle of, and this Director has called me and said, in a pissy tone of voice, as usual, that she wants me to call her back as soon as I get this message, which shoots my adrenaline up even higher. So I call her back and OF COURSE she is not at her desk, so I leave a stupid-ass zero content message, "Hi, it's me, calling you back ..." and go on to get on the phone to try to get this thing done for the client that's so time-sensitive, meanwhile watching my email scroll and keeping an eye on the interaction about this other thing, and of course while I'm trying to spell the English version of a Korean name to a French person who is apparently deaf and it's tedious as fuck, Director calls me back and I can't take her call, I have to sit there watching it ring and then roll over into voice mail, where again, when I get off my call and check her message, I get zero content but "call me back." Finally I call her back and she picks up and says "Be sure you do that thing I asked you to do by tomorrow morning," and out of my mouth flies "Couldn't you have just left me a message for that??" and whew boy was she mad. "I prefer to talk to you on the phone." So when we got off the phone I went up to her office and said Look, I apologize for having "tone," can we talk about this? and she's all stiff and very very angry and says that she can communicate in whatever manner she chooses best. I said well, I appreciate that, but the thing is, every time you call and won't say what it's about, my adrenaline shoots up and I start wondering what I've done, and then I have to call you back and you're not there, and then you have to call me back, and using the phone for client-related business and can't take your call, and all of this was for a simple reminder that could just as easily have been an email or a voice mail, I just wish I could understand why you won't leave a message." Which of course she didn't like a bit, and countered with that she didn't understand why I didn't like her preferred method of communicating. I said because I don't have the time really to play phone tag and I feel like if you want to tell me something, you should just tell me -- that's what voice mail is FOR. She completely disagrees with me, says there is no custom or etiquette that says you should leave a message with content, and she prefers to actually talk to the other person blah blah blah.
I just want to know if this annoys anyone else the way it annoys me. Also, do you feel there IS some expectation among people who work that you will not play phone tag if you can help it, and that leaving no message is dumb. (For that matter, even among people who don't work, come to think of it.)