IM vs Phone

One thing that I am realizing, is that I wish we used the ol’ telephone in our day-to-day work and life more. Here is why:

I am always logged in to our internal chat throughout the work day (we use Microsoft OCS now). It also has built-in audio chat. Most of the time it’s cool. However, I’m not as keen on it when I get those messages that say “are you available?”, which makes me feel pressured to say “yes”. Where did the days go, when you just called someone’s extension when you needed to talk to them – and if they were available then they’d pick up. If they didn’t answer, then maybe you leave a message or just try again later. I think I would have liked those days.