Nine Instant Messaging Best Practices - Slide 5

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There’s a time and place for IMs, but not during meetings. Remember to log out of your chat feature before presenting a meeting using your computer or laptop. Constant IMs popping up, especially if they aren’t business-related, can be distracting.

Could it be the “instant” in instant messaging that makes this form of online chat so appealing? It isn’t used in every office, but it is becoming more common as a business communication tool. One of the reasons its popularity is growing is because it allows you to send and receive messages so quickly. But before sending your next IM, Robert Half Technology suggests that you follow these etiquette rules.

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