Teaching workplace communication is vitally important as we expect public servants to have the skills to draft, review, and revise written communication materials.

Less explicitly demanded, and more often implicitly expected, we assume public servants know how to respond to individuals with empathy while also meeting technical obligations, such as adhering to conventional formats and meeting regulations imposed by administrative or statutory law.

These requirements’ compounding nature provides a challenging context for public servants to write responsive and appropriate messages.

This case study explores how a public servant at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City navigates writing formal responses to community members amid arduous circumstances using a second-person narrative to heighten empathic skill development.

This case study presents an opportunity for public servants to learn about combining interpersonal and technical skills while communicating on the job.

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