as a Gen Y guy myself, i have to wonder what this quote means:
beyond the most generic office etiquitte noted by OP, here are a few others:
read your IM's, i use them more religiously than you can imagine to convey important information.
So you expect your coworkers to be tied to their computer screen or constantly checking their cell phones? IM's are terrible for conveying anything except the most trivial information, e.g. a telephone number, or a real-time status. Important information, as you say, generally needs context and dialogue. This is why we use email, telephone, and face to face.
Do not call me. the phone is on my desk and i've an extension, sure, but its far more natural and efficient for me to email or IM you. If you have to call me, keep shit brief. no um's or err's or giggles...just the facts. telephones are incredibly distracting.
No, IM's are incredibly distracting. If I'm calling someone, it's because something needs to be discussed. If you can't talk at that time, then you call someone back. It's incredibly efficient, this dialog thing.
try to maintain communications parity. for example: if i email you, email me in response. dont take every IM as an occasion to march down to my cube, its a timewasting distraction.
Again, face to face is often the best way to discuss things instead of back and forth in email. Email for monologs, sure, but face to face is the ONLY efficient way to find out if the other person really does understand.
Based on your comments, it looks you want to live in your own small little world and just do the tasks assigned to you. You have no interest in other employees or what is going on in other parts of the company. Good luck with that.
I dont care about the office politics. dont bring it to my desk.
No, because politics never affects you, since you are so important. Give me a break.