Poll: 52 percent of workers prefer text over email at work

Ragan.com readers say it depends on the circumstance. Read on to find out when it’s appropriate.

Texting is a convenient way to reach someone quickly, but is it OK to use in place of email?

In a recent LinkedIn poll of Ragan.com readers, about half (52 percent) said they prefer to send a text to a boss or co-worker instead of an email when they are sick or running late. Fifteen percent prefer text to talk to co-workers about work matters, 4 percent use it to communicate with their bosses, and only 1 percent use it to text clients.

About 30 percent of respondents listed other circumstances in which they prefer to send a text. Some of these include getting information while a co-worker is in a meeting, communicating with those in your immediate department, and keeping in touch with colleagues while traveling.

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