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Weekends Turning Into Workdays From E-Mail By Bosses

E-mails can turn weekends into workdays.

Two of three workers reported that they received an email from their boss over the weekend.

One in three employees said they often get e-mails from their boss that they are expected to reply, according to a new survey by Right Management, the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup.

An additional one-third of survey respondents also reported getting e-mails from their boss on the weekend, not often, but just from time to time. Some 569 employees throughout North America responded to the Right Management poll, which was conducted in May and June.

Does your boss send you work-related e-mails during the weekend and expect you to respond?

Yes, often  33%

Only from time to time  30%

Never  37%

The survey findings are another indication of an increasingly 24/7 workplace, said Monika Morrow, senior vice president for Right Management. “Everybody once thought technology would reduce the drudgery and make the workplace more efficient. Sure, technology has delivered great benefits to employees, but also crosses the boundary between the workplace and the worker’s own private space. It seems one can no longer get away at all from work or responsibility.”

“We specifically asked if workers were expected to respond to the e-mails from their boss,” Morrow noted. “So we were not talking about broadcast e-mails or purely informational communications, but those intended for a particular person and looking for a response. It’s now taken for granted that everyone has to check their work e-mail during the weekend.”

“Continuous, borderless communications are now a workplace fact of life,” Morrow acknowledged. “I suppose it’s possible weekend e-mails serve to smooth out the pressures of a Monday morning, but likewise they may become an intrusive nuisance. We know workers are feeling exceptional pressures, and so many weekend e-mails may be counterproductive.”

Morrow suggested managers set clear expectations about what really needs to be addressed over the weekend.

“And if stuff might just as easily wait until Monday, say so.”


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