Do You Respond To Emails Fashionably Late?

from the changing-rules dept

Now that email is pervasive in our society, researchers are starting to take a closer look at psychological issues related to emails. While the article briefly touches on a few, the opening paragraphs discuss the time frame for replying to emails — which can touch a nerve for some. As people get more and more emails, they often need a system for replying, that includes some sort of prioritization or nothing will ever get done. There’s even a perception, among some, that responding too quickly to emails suggests you’re not working hard enough — or that you’re not important enough. So, that means some folks purposely store away emails to reply later, even if they can reply immediately. Of course, in the past we’ve noted that busy execs all seem to have their own ways to handle email overload, suggesting that there is no one right way to do so. Still, that hasn’t stopped some bosses from forcing their own views of email management on employees by doing things like completely banning intra-office emails or simply having email free days.


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Brian says:

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To be honest, I am one of those who tends to not respond to e-mails right away, because otherwise it may seem like I have little to do other than sit around waiting to respond to e-mails. Waiting an hour or two gives the impression that I was occupied by other things and didn’t have time to check e-mail. I suspect this behavior is not uncommon.

Anonymous Coward says:

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> There’s even a perception, among some, that responding too quickly to emails suggests you’re not working hard enough — or that you’re not important enough.

That explains why that girl still hasn’t responded to the email I sent her ten years ago in college asking her for a date! Ok, honey. I get it. You’re important. Can we go out now?

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