One in Three Workers Get Weekend Emails from Boss

PHILADELPHIA, PA — June 21, 2011 — One in three employees often get emails from their boss over the weekend and they are expected to reply, according to a new survey by Right Management. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions.

An additional one-third of survey respondents also reported getting emails from their boss on the weekend, not often, but just from time to time. More than 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 emails 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 emails from their boss, Morrow noted. “So we were not talking about broadcast emails 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 email during the weekend.”

“Continuous, borderless communications are now a workplace fact of life,” acknowledged Morrow. “I suppose it’s possible weekend emails 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 emails 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.”

About Right Management
Right Management is the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions. Right Management helps clients win in the changing world of work by designing and executing workforce solutions that align talent strategy with business strategy. Our expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes. More than 80% of Fortune 500 companies are currently working with us to help them grow talent, reduce costs and accelerate performance.

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