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“There’s a real danger to the maintenance and perpetuation of meaningful communications and personal and professional relationships,” said Hanke. “If you become overly dependent on e-mail or text messages, you focus on the object, but not the person.”

She said face-to-face communication is a necessity and most beneficial to achieve clarity, especially when:

• Negotiating salaries and vacations;

• Settling disputes and conflicts in the office; and

• Seeking clarification after written communications have failed. —Gazette staff

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