Touchstone 3.1: Sending Good News and Bad News
Overview: In any job, you need to be an effective communicator, which sometimes means delivering information that impacts the recipient. In this touchstone, you will practice writing a message with both good news and bad news. The nature of the message will affect the structure of the message as well as the tone and word choice.
Select ONE of the following scenarios and draft a message of 250-400 words. Be sure to include an appropriate subject line, a greeting, and an opening. The body of your message should be two paragraphs, each 4-6 sentences, communicating the two pieces of news in your chosen scenario. You should end with an appropriate closing to your message.
- Announce a new hire to the organization. It is a new position at a leadership level called Director of Customer Engagement. The new hire is named Natalie Lopez and comes to the job from another company where she had a similar job for six years. You want to share this as good news and get workers to welcome Natalie warmly. Still, you know the outside candidate was chosen over two popular internal applicants, and some people in the office are upset about this.
- Announce the pay increase and benefits for the upcoming fiscal year. The pay increase is lower than usual due to company revenue being less than expected, while copays on health insurance are going up for unrelated reasons. To mitigate the bad news, the company is giving all workers an additional three days of vacation and a small one-time bonus of 0.5% of their annual salary that they’ll receive on their anniversary date in the next fiscal year. You know these combined benefits are substantially less than the difference in expected raise and insurance copays.
- Announce that the entire company will relocate to a new location, 1010 Mill Road. The current location has had many complaints about cramped space, unreliable heat and air conditioning, and limited parking. The new location is further away but has plenty of parking, new and reliable HVAC, and ample space. However, at the current location, most staff have private offices. In contrast, at the new location, all but the most senior staff will use an open, shared space with less privacy and personalization of workspaces. The key facts to communicate are the move dates (April 15-19), that professional movers will take care of everything, and that workers must remove all personal belongings before April 14.
C. Submission Requirements
The following requirements must be met for your submission:
- Use a readable 12-point font and single-spacing.
- The message must be 250-400 words; this will be about one page single spaced. Do not go over one page!
- All writing must be appropriate for an academic context.
- Writing must be original and written for this assignment. Plagiarism of any kind will be returned ungraded, subsequent plagiarism will receive a grade of 0.
- Put your name, date, the name of the class, and the touchstone title at the top of the page.
- Include all of the assignment components in a single file. Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx.