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play telephone tag

To engage in a series of telephone calls with another person in which each time one party calls, the other is not available to answer. Hi Mary, just leaving you another message. We've been playing a bit of telephone tag today, huh? Just give me a call back whenever you get this, thanks!
See also: play, tag, telephone
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The portal has a “family forum” that mimics the “dinner table meeting” approach where family members can be invited for confidential discussions about a loved one to help families gain input without playing telephone tag and mixed messages.
Some we are playing telephone tag with, we are trying to chase.
They not only answer my phones and take messages, but they save me a great amount of time playing telephone tag with experts and clients.
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Based on the survey and their own research, Siemens now estimate that the minimum amount of time wasted every day by every office worker - playing telephone tag or making unsuccessful phone calls - is 30 minutes.
This would avoid wasted hours playing telephone tag, improve documentation of physician-patient interaction, and increase physician time when face-to-face visits are necessary
If not, make a telephone appointment to avoid playing telephone tag.
Nearly every business person knows the horrors of playing telephone tag.
They don't waste time playing telephone tag or trying to decipher people's harrid scribblings.
In addition to the actual cost of the denials, we are well aware of the substantial administrative cost of playing telephone tag, and faxing and re-faxing the same information only to hear that the information was never received.
This gives employees more flexibility, and dramatically increases the likelihood of connecting with important incoming callers instead of playing telephone tag.
Customers can see the status of their orders -- when placed, when in production and when shipped -- without playing telephone tag.
For example, to know exactly what's happening with a service problem, a customer just visits his personalized page, instead of playing telephone tag with the company.
If you ignore the intangible benefits and focus on the quantifiable benefits alone, such as the time saved compared to processing faxes, filing documents, and playing telephone tag, you can document that email introduces clear, substantial cash savings.
Network Ring-again lets employees be more efficient since they are not wasting time playing telephone tag.