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Do people respond to every email assigning them work? I work with a handful of partners regularly and feel like I clog their inbox with dumb “will do” emails every time they ask me to do something.

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I like a will do response so I know the request is received and will get attention. Even better to confirm when I want a complete response or with some pertinent questions to get you started. Worst to ignore it and then get around to it later on whatever your own schedule is. If there are constraints in your end like youre about to be out of town or have other high priority thing then say so and estimate when you can get to my new thing

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More communication is always better. If someone complains about you “clogging their inbox”, they’re toxic and you should get away from them. A simple “will do” helps the assigner know that you’re handling the task, and they can move on to something else. A “will do, will have it to you by X” is even better, whether X is 5 minutes or 5 weeks. And please, ask questions whenever you need to. If I’ve thought about the task, I’m always happy to share. And often, these emails go to more than one person. So a “will do” is also courteous to the other juniors because it tells them that someone else on the team is working on it. Maybe you’re all talking on slack or teams or jabber or whatever, but if not, communication is best.

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I respond “thx” to create confusion

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Send it. It’s way more stressful as a partner if you don’t respond because now I have to worry about whether it will slip through the cracks.

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I agree with responding so they can feel secure that you are aware of the assignment and will take care of it.

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Yes. When I assign work to a jr associate or a paralegal I always want to know that the request was received & that they’ve accepted the assignment. I imagine partners feel similarly.

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I do. Even if I am working on the task right then and plan to send it shortly... or you risk getting a follow up email.

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Yep. I used to feel the same way until I started managing juniors. It drives me crazy if I don’t hear from them, so I’m a lot more cognizant of my responses to others.

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This is how empathy works too often. Things make sense once it happens to you.

Yep, I do. And I expect it from the junior associates under me. Otherwise I have no idea if the work is getting done and it’s still on my “mental plate.”

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I personally hate will do emails. If it’s a quick task I’d rather just do it and the partner will know that way. Do you guys always send a will do email? Maybe I should start.

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Yes, overcommunicate. It’s the only way the person assigning the task can be sure you noticed it and are on it

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Always respond. It’s important to always close the loop and also CYA.

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Always say will do. If you don’t your senior is going to wonder if you are on it.

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Apparently an unpopular take, but we are all professionals who are competent and did well in school etc., so I try to trust that my coworkers will do their jobs until they give me a reason not to. If I assign something I assume it will get done unless I hear otherwise. Expecting constant, immediate “will dos” just contributes to the toxic always-on, immediate-response culture.

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A “will do” is courteous not just to the assigner (letting them know the request will be fulfilled), it’s also courteous to your colleagues (letting them know someone else is working on it).

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Corollary question: do partners out there respond with “Thanks” to every assignment where no follow up email is otherwise required, but just as an acknowledgment? This is hugely appreciated by associates who send things off into the ether and wonder if they are received and read.

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“Thanks” emails annoy me. “I’ll let you know my comments” or “looks good, send it” are significantly more helpful and take about 5 seconds longer to type out.

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CYA

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While it’s annoying on both ends to send and receive, DO IT! I know I prefer to get them when I delegate work even if it’s a quick project. I hate sending an email and not getting an acknowledgement that it’s being worked on.

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Yes. To acknowledge receipt and prevent some partners from thinking I missed an email.

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Always always always respond. I can’t stand sitting there wondering if the person is working on it or if they missed the email or are AWOL. Even a “I am jammed right now but will take a look later this afternoon” is better than radio silence.

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Yes. I’ve gotten feedback on multiple end of year reviews that my work providers appreciate the responsiveness, especially in a remote work environment.

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Yep. When clients give the ok to proceed, I email back with range of dates when the next event will take place, and will strive to hit the middle of the range of dates.

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Please please do. Otherwise I have to worry about whether you’re on it

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I always respond "Will do" or "On it". However, what really drives me nuts is when I respond and then see the managing partner in the break room/hallway and he asks if I got his email.

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Definitely... (0.1 discuss next steps and action points with team)

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