Should a Project Manager Ever Request a Read Receipt for their E-Mail Message?

We’ve all received them…the inglorious Read Receipt message when you open an email. “The sender of this email would like to request an acknowledgement that you have read this message,” of which you are then prompted to click on a button to say you have indeed opened their email and read it.


This just screams “I don’t trust you” and I never respond to this request. Likewise, I never use them. Rather, I’ll walk over to the person or give them a call to make sure my message is received.

Which brings me to my question…is there ever a time that a project manager would use the ‘read receipt’ feature in their email program. If not, why would a project manager use this feature?

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