So, you have a quick question for your colleague. What are your options?
(you yell) + (colleague yells back) + (supervisor yells at both of you) = Not Good!
They already have 1,000 unread emails in their inbox but, if you're feeling lucky, send away!
A good option, but phone calls can be disruptive if your colleague happens to be meeting with a student or putting the final touches on their doctoral dissertation.
You probably like to run marathons too. Save the walk for your lunch break and skip to option #5.
Ah...the sweet spot! Instant Messaging allows you to see if your colleague is online, and then send them an instant text message or even make that phone call with a quick click. It's like text messaging for work, but better.
Cisco Jabber is a new Instant Messaging and collaboration service coming to University employees June 1. The Information Technology department will have more information for you coming soon.