We completely understand that it's way easier to send an e-mail than to make a phone call or ask for something in person, but there is now substantial evidence that face-to-face communication is way more effective. In new research out of Western University, it was decidedly determined that, "people tend to overestimate the power of their persuasiveness via text-based communication, and underestimate the power of their persuasiveness via face-to-face communication."
In a trial conducted, 45 people asked 10 strangers each to complete a survey. Half of the participants asked people face-to-face, while the other half asked over e-mail. While both groups expected the same type of participation, it was determined that asking in-person was 34 times more effective. 34 times! These findings were totally in line with what has been found in previous studies and really hammers home the point that IRL is the way.
There is a lot of discussion about how communicating in-person and over the phone can be more human, as well as faster, but effectivity is a new area of discussion — and honestly might be the most important to people in the workplace.
So if your office runs on technological communication, give face-to-face conversation a try. You might find that it works way better — it will also spare your inbox.