In a valiant attempt to avoid a phone conversation with a co-worker, you’ve spent the last half an hour writing a detailed email. The veritable masterwork contains an explanation that is detailed enough to answer most followup questions, without being so wordy as to possibly bury any important information. Surely, the thoroughness of your work will end up saving both of you time and make the rest of the day more productive.

After glancing at your email for about 10 seconds, your co-worker has decided to walk over to your cubicle and just talk this whole thing through.

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