Starting Email Mentioning No Reply?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about failure to answer a call:

If I call a fellow employee or a manager on their office number & they are away for instance and do not answer, how can I mention this in an email? E.g. could the email start: Dear John, I tried calling your office number but there was no reply. I was emailing to ask….. Is this how to start such as email?

Signed, What’s Appropriate

Dear What’s Appropriate:

Yes, that is one way. Just using the individual’s name minus the “Dear” probably is more in keeping with workplace culture. Also you might begin by stating what you would have asked over the phone and then closing with “Yesterday I called to speak with you about this matter but got no reply.”

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