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Old 10-20-2010, 06:30 AM
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Know anyone that routinely doesn't answer their phone? I'm not talking about people that are screening unwanted calls, but people that NEVER answer their phone, they just every so often check msgs and return calls. Sure is aggravating to deal with someone like that, am I the only one that thinks it's rude?
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:37 AM
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Know anyone that routinely doesn't answer their phone? I'm not talking about people that are screening unwanted calls, but people that NEVER answer their phone, they just every so often check msgs and return calls. Sure is aggravating to deal with someone like that, am I the only one that thinks it's rude?
Pretty much every Human Resource person working for the federal government never answers their phone.

Afterall, their job and pay come from their employer. (US government-AKA Taxpayer) Why in the world would they ever respond or acknowledge human employees??? That would take time and courtesy. They get their pay and benefits either way. No need to relate to employees. Especially when they have questions about their missing pay, or lost benefits, or retirement, etc.

100% of key contact HR people in the several federal agencies I've worked for practice this technique. There is a department person that answers the phone and transfers you to these "Human Resource Specialists" voice mail. That's the last you will then hear from HR.

Any wonder why government employees are hated so much? They learn this stuff from HR.

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At work or at home? At home I rarely answer the phone. My wife can if she wants to. My thought is that if it's not important enough to leave a message, it's not important enough to call.
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Originally Posted by RogueAngler View Post
At work or at home?
Both. a friend never answers the home phone AND doesn't listen to msg - just calls back "Hi, you called?"

Latest business that has me ticked is doctor's office. They give you a list of office staff - who to call for what - but none of them ever answer. Then they have voicemail that says they'll call you back "between 9 and 5" but call you at 6 or 7 in the evening and interrupt the dinner hour.
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Work's a different story. I'm in sales so of course I answer the phone. By the end of the day, I've had enough of the phone and usually it's the same people calling to talk to my wife that she has already spoken to 6 times during the day. If I'm expecting someone's call then I'll answer it. You'll be amazed at how many times someone will call my house and hang up when the answering machine picks up. It's usually the same people over and over.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:26 AM
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We finally dumped the home line. Nobody ever answered it because of the 90% chance it was a charity or political call. It was irritating as hell when it rang and rang and rang. Not as irritating as having to listen to 2 seconds of begging for money though.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by sr31aj View Post
Know anyone that routinely doesn't answer their phone?

Yes, my wife.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:28 AM
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If I didn't have kids in school locally, I'd dump my land lines too. As to answering the phone at home, I honestly cannot recall a time in recent memory when I answered it...

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Old 10-20-2010, 07:33 AM
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I don't answer the phone at home unless I recognize the name/number on caller ID.
At work, if I don't know the caller, they will be asked to leave a message. If they don't leave a message, it shows it was a good idea not to take the call. It's amazing how many will not leave a message.
Most of the ones that do are not worth a return call either.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by RogueAngler View Post
My thought is that if it's not important enough to leave a message, it's not important enough to call.
Exactly!

I hate the sound of the phone, it actually makes me jump. I was on call 24/7 for 28 years, the phone rang 2am for one reason only, someone had a problem that meant I'd probably be making coffee and hitting the road. Plus, I had two step daughters, the house phone rang all the time. Best way to get hold of me if I don't know you is leave a message or email me.

"Both. a friend never answers the home phone AND doesn't listen to msg - just calls back "Hi, you called?""

That one is particularly annoying and practiced by more people than not. My girlfriend will do that and I'll say "I already took the time to listen to your outgoing message, the list of options and left you a detailed message, you could at least show the courtesy of listening", then I hang up.

Another one I don't understand is, someone shows a missed call and no message and it drives that person crazy. My girlfriend will call back perfect strangers, only to find out that the original caller had simply dialed the wrong number.

No, I don't wonder why no one calls me and that's fine with me.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:14 AM
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It bothers the heck out of me at work. If I am trying to do some business with you and make you some money, pick up the phone. Call me back soon when I leave you a message. Not after you get off the golf course at 6:00 and I have already left my office. Not because you think I will forget about the money you owe if you just don't return my calls.

On people's personal time they can do what they want. If you don't return calls then I just quit calling you. If I don't answer my phone it's because I don't want to talk to you or I am busy. I always call back people that leave a message and usually pretty quickly.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:22 AM
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I ditched the house line years ago. 5 people in the house and 5 cell phones. We dont need a landline.
I always try to answer my cell. I tell clients that if you called and I dont call you back in 30 minutes or so then call me again,I either couldnt understand your message or I completely missed it. Clients will say I am the easiest person to get in touch with with either by phone or Email. If you do call and dont leave a message then you dont get a call back unless i know the number
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Work line....answer it. Home or cell line.....you paid for it, you do what you like. If I don't like it, I won't call again.
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The phone ringing at home is NEVER a call for me. I ignore it. By the time I get home from work, I've talked with everybody I need to.
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I have my phones for my convenience and my convenience only!! I answer when I feel like and leave it ringing, or even off, when I don't (which is most of the time).
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if I am at home, i dont answer it because nobody calls to speak to me on my house line, it is always for my wife.

if they are calling my cell phone, I always answer if i can. i hate getting voicemails though. i would rather receive a text instead of listening to messages..
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Sounds like you don't interact with young people .
Most young people I know don't even bother to set up voice mail, they expect you to text or they just return missed calls.
Why take the time to listen to a message that says call me back
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On the flip side, I used to cringe with fear when calling tech support during work. Support was usually what I didn't get.
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Yes, my wife.

Ditto, bought her a $400 I phone and she still can't seem to get it answered. lol
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I have some friends that 99 out of 100 times they will not answer. It drives me insane.
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