A woman in my office needed to ask a question and have it answered by everyone in the department – kind of like a survey. She emailed about half and for the rest went desk to desk individually and asked, because she said, “I don’t have everyone’s email address.” Um. K. There is a department email address. Emails are sent several times a day to and from the department address. It’s right there. On top of that, if you type anyone’s first or last name into the address line in Outlook it will give you a suggested list of names, right down to if you type the name in it will populate the email address. Maybe she had other reasons that she didn’t want to share. I honestly hope so. If she has been here several months and doesn’t know how to work Outlook we have a big problem. I really hope it was a (dumb) excuse and she really just wanted to walk around and talk to people or something.
Another person refused to even be involved with an email for a guy at one of our satellite offices because back in high school he was the first person with whom she ever did a particular Scrabble act. I know this not because I am a vicious gossip, but because she went around and made sure we all knew that was exactly why she didn’t want to be in any way involved … I think she thought maybe we would understand? I am flummoxed, especially since she seemed kind of embarrassed, not that she was trying to show off by telling us all this.