“Knock, knock, may I come in?”

“Knock, knock, may I come in?”

When we had offices we knocked on doors. Even with cubicles and open desk areas, we literally said the words, “knock, knock.” Now, with limitations on space and current safety precautions, we have to ask stores, banks, post offices etc “may I come in?” Asking to enter a retail establishment was previously unheard of. Now, it is standard.

And now that many employees are hosting meetings, along with their children, parents, significant others, dogs, cats, and home responsibilities, the virtual “knock, knock” is still important. Whether it be by text, chat, slack or email, we need to ask “can you talk?” Perhaps we can no longer physically knock but the concept of permission for intrusion remains the same.

“May I come in?”