Do after-hours emails drive your staff crazy?

Those electronic missives you send late on a weeknight, or anytime over the weekend, or even when your employee is on vacation can prove counterproductive—and potentially damaging.

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In a recent study by Right Management, 36 percent of employees stated their bosses regularly send them emails after work hours and expect a response (emphasis added).

How many employees are emailed while on vacation? Nine percent. How many get emailed on weekends? Six percent.

This sort of thing used to be reserved for emergencies only—and there are still situations where such a policy applies.

However, says Monika Morrow, senior vice president of Career Management at Right Management: “The survey findings suggest such intrusions have now become routine, not an exception. I suppose some workers can adjust accordingly, but for others it’s added stress when they ought to be relaxing with family or friends.”

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