A reader writes: “Dear Ronnie Ann: I hope you can help me with my problem. My boss doesn’t respond to emails. I know she’s always in meetings and gets a lot of email. But when I need to let her know about something I get nothing but crickets.
I’m afraid to bother her when she seems so busy. But I’m tired of not being able to get any answers. It makes me feel invisible. Not sure what to do. Please can you help me? ~ Lara”
My response to Lara
First, let me assure you that you’re definitely not invisible. 🙂
But I can relate to having a boss that makes you feel that way. I once worked with a person who was known for never answering anyone’s emails … even though she was the one you had to get approval from for any new projects. It drove us crazy!
As with most things, there can be all kinds of reasons for a person to act in a way that seems odd to us. If your boss doesn’t respond to emails, there actually might be things you can change about the way you write the emails. But there also may be a need for you to go above and beyond normal office communication channels.