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Is the phrase "check in" too informal to say to anyone other than your friend? And the same question for "check back". In addition, is there any other way to say "reach out" in a work email?

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  • Whether something is too formal or is appropriate for this or that context is primarily opinion-based. For this reason, the question should be closed.
    – Drew
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 22:59
  • The grammatically correct for would be "just checking it to see..." Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 23:29
  • This question would be better suited to The Workplace
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 1:41
  • Is it appropriate to say ... to your boss in an email? It depends on your boss.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 6:33

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I'd say something like "I've finished [assigned task]. What would you like me to work on next?" This acknowledges that your boss is in charge without implying they need help. Some bosses are very sensitive to this kind of thing.

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  • Agreed, though it would definitely depend on the boss. Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 23:30
  • I've had some pretty insecure bosses.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 1:05
  • I don't doubt it. Commented Mar 23, 2016 at 1:05

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