Prompt: Write about a conversation you’ve overheard.
“It’s like he doesn’t even know what email is.”
Being in IT has its perks, one of them being that people make a few assumptions about me:
1. They can tell me about any IT problem and I’ll be able to fix it right away
2. I can’t listen and type at the same time
While the first one is sometimes true (those are the good days), the second one is most decidedly not. I can, in fact, hear everything you’re saying while I work on fixing your computer. Keeping the overheard conversations and, let’s face it, gripes about coworker competencies is a priority, but that’s not to say I can’t tell stories about the anonymous hilarity I’ve heard…
Kicking off the with the above quote, the coworker in question had printed out an email, handwritten a reply, and placed the page on this worker’s desk. Add a stamp and call it a day, in my opinion. I love getting letters. After all, is email really that great?
Think about it. How many emails do you get a day? How many of those emails contain useful information? What’s your ratio? There are days when only 3 out of 50 emails I receive are actually relevant. Announcement emails, save 20% on our website emails, you have a message from X waiting emails (these are particularly offensive, like some sick 2-for-1 deal with messages), the list goes on and on.
Think about the impersonal nature of an email. Even a well-crafted email takes minutes to write and send. A quick check-in? That’s 10 seconds.
A letter, on the other hand, shows care. Not one of those mass-produced, signed-with-a-stamp messages addressed to “Current Resident,” mind you, but a real letter written by a real person in handwriting you really can’t read. That’s care. Sure, you struggle to read the cursive lettering you learned 20 years ago, but you know they care.
Challenge: send a handwritten letter. Feel what it’s like to get a hand cramp. Taste the disgusting glue they use to seal envelopes. Enjoy the confusion prompted when you ask what their physical address is, then struggle to fit the entire address in the tiny space provided on the envelope. I promise you won’t be disappointed.