- Close the email with this statement "Kindly respond to this email within 24 hours to let us know how you will proceed." (Replace 24 hours with any time limit you prefer to set.)
- Call the offshore representative within an hour of sending the email and get a verbal response.
- Assure the request is in the agenda of the next meeting (if the request can wait so long to be answered)
- If you are not emailing the highest ranking person on the team, copy in the highest ranking team member, followed by a phone call to that person if a quicker response is needed.
- If you have the team member's instant messaging (IM) id or mobile number, text them.
While some of these tips seem counter intuitive, demanding or micromanaging from an American sense, keep in mind that sometimes it is true that emails don't get delivered or email delivery gets delayed. We often believe email is always instantaneous, but it's not true. After living in India for almost five years, emails have gotten lost or delivery has been delayed by minutes, hours or even days! While it seems impossible, somehow it happens occasionally.
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