Hess Associates

Most of us have a pretty good idea of the history of the telephone but if you don’t, just Google it.

With rotary phones, when it rang you answered it and if no-one was there it kept ringing until it stopped. There was no message and you had no idea who called. Then in the 1970’s you could attach a tape device to a phone that would record messages. As the price of these answering machines decreased, the market swelled.
You could record an outgoing message and record all of the incoming ones.

But then the telephone companies added features such as call display so even if a message wasn’t left, you knew who called. They also provided inexpensive, centralized voice mail which made the answering machines superfluous.

But then came the big game changer, the cell phone. This device changed the landscape completely. You can now leave a message on a cell phone which then converts it to text as well as saving the original message with the text. Very impressive.

So is there a future for Voicemail on land lines? Was there a future for telephone answering machines? That depended on when you asked the question.

Recently, Coca Cola dropped Voicemail at its US head office. As did J.P. Morgan Chase. I want to see it disappear from my land line as soon as possible to end my frustration with all the prompts and keying in numbers and security codes to get my messages. Progress comes through change and we can’t change that, can we?

Herbert Hess

Share With Your Colleagues...
    Does a Vacation Make You More Productive? Dress for Success While You #PressforSuccess What a Difference a Class Makes Before You Send a Resume, Do These Things Why it Makes Sense to Give Your Staff an XMas to New Year’s Break Women in the Male Dominated Workplace: Plight and Progress When Does Using a 3rd Party Recruiter Save You Time & Money? What is Corporate Cultural Fit? Why Hire a Recruiter on an Exclusive Basis? Should a Man Wear Brown Shoes to an Interview? Why is Retirement so Challenging? When is it time to look for a new job? Getting over the Sluggish Blues What is CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing anyway? Dating and Your Workplace – Do or Don’t – But Most Do 10 Ways to Work from Home Efficiently How do Deal with Annoying People at Work Is a Manager Entitled to Overtime Pay in Ontario? What are the Disadvantages of Hiring Contract vs Full-Time? Mind the Gap!!! And How to “de-Gap” your Resume How to Hire the Best Talent 5 Reasons to Hire a Consultant The “Pink Collar” Man in the Glass Elevator How do You Find a Summer Job in Ontario? How to Keep Employees Happy and Motivated Who or What is Generation Z? How to Annoy your Recruiter Should Candidates Ask Questions During an Interview? How Hiring Managers are Using Social Media to “Vet” Potential Candidates Rearing the “All Digital Generation”? Is the traditional resume disappearing? No Future for Voicemail on Land Lines Online Programmatic Advertising The Internet of Things Women and the Boardroom 2014 FitBit and the Workplace Working for a Younger Boss Stephen Poloz and Working for Free How Important Are Reference Letters? Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Ideas on Changing Careers Back To The Future 10 Telephone Interview Tips On Edward Snowden and Privacy Issues The Second Most Important Issue Facing a Small Company What is Bitcoin – What Are Bitcoins? WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2013 The Dollar Cost of Employee Turnover Five Most Important Reasons a Company Should Hire Contract Staff Use of Contract Workers in the Biopharmaceutical Industry Metadata Monsters Tips on Conducting Video Interviews with Candidates What is Epigenetics? Toronto HotDocs Exposé of the Dangers of the Internet

    CATEGORIES