In the conversation below, Alice Ames, Dan Dole, and Rita Ross are speaking informally, which is acceptable in some office environments. However, in other office environments, employees are required to be more formal, especially in workplaces where employees interact with clients and customers.
ALICE: Hey, Dan. Can I talk to you?
DAN: Sure. Come on in and have a seat.
ALICE: Do you mind if I take my two-week vacation at the end of May?
DAN: The end of May is busy for us. Can you take it the first two weeks of May?
ALICE: My cousin is getting married on May 21. I don't think I can ask her to change it.
DAN: Oh, I see. Of course not. Let me ask Rita if she can step in for you.
DAN: Rita, can you come to my office.
RITA: One moment. I'm talking with a customer.
DAN: (later) Rita, can you cover for Alice the last two weeks in May?
RITA: Yeah, I think so. Can I talk to my babysitter first? I'll need to arrange childcare.
DAN: OK. Why don't you get back to me tomorrow with your answer.
RITA: I'll let you know as soon as I can.