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Poll: Do you generally check your business emails on weekends?
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ventnai  Identity Verified
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All my emails arrive in Outlook, so I'll look at whatever comes in. Having said that, I don't receive offers of work at the weekend or those that I do what to pay a pittance for a fast turnaround.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Dec 7, 2015

I tend to check my main e-mail account, which is the one I use for business, every day. I see no reason why I shouldn't. Weekends tend to be the only time that some of my academic clients find time to get their stuff together and contact me. I also work with an internationally published bi-monthly magazine and they tend to send e-mails at outlandish times too. It's no biggie.
In fact, I get rather irritated by people's assumption that weekends should somehow be held sacred. In my view, this is something for 9-to-5, Monday to Friday workers and a bit 20th-century. As a freelancer, I value the possibility of being able to choose when to work or check my mails (etc) or not.

[Edited at 2015-12-07 08:59 GMT]

For example, tomorrow, Tuesday, is a holiday in Spain, so many people take the Monday off too (this is known as a "puente" (bridge) in Spain). However, this morning there was an e-mail from my bi-monthly magazine client, apparently sent at 4.50 am on Sunday, as they are trying to get material ready for the January edition ahead of time. As it happens, I was doing other things yesterday and, as the deadline isn't until next week, I didn't feel any untoward pressure.

[Edited at 2015-12-07 09:05 GMT]


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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No Dec 7, 2015

As a professional working with professionals I don't get sent any at the weekend anyway.

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Teresa Borges
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Yes Dec 7, 2015

I do check my email during the weekend. Most of my clients don't send emails on weekends anyway but a few exceptions over the years.

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Melanie Nassar  Identity Verified
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When is the weekend? Dec 7, 2015

Even in countries where the weekend falls on Saturday and Sunday, the difference in time zones makes it hard to tell.

When it's Friday EOB in Auckland NZ, people in Oakland, CA still have a whole work day ahead of them and when the Kiwis go back to work on Monday morning, the Californians are just having Sunday brunch.

Where I live in Bethlehem, the weekend can be Friday and Saturday, Friday and Sunday, Thursday and Friday, just Friday, or just Sunday.

I really don't care one way or the other because I can usually decide when I want to work.


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Same Dec 7, 2015

Ian Jones wrote:

All my emails arrive in Outlook, so I'll look at whatever comes in. Having said that, I don't receive offers of work at the weekend or those that I do what to pay a pittance for a fast turnaround.


Similar here. They arrive in Thunderbird, I take a look, but I don't do much about them until Monday.


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Georgia Morgan  Identity Verified
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Agree with neilmac Dec 7, 2015

I don't have a firm demarcation line between workday and weekend and I think fewer and fewer people do. I agree, very "last century" to hold weekends sacred! I do a lot of work for academics and the weekend is often the time they send me something to have a look at and decide if I would be interested. I prefer working on Saturdays and Sundays if there's nothing special on; it frees up the week.

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xxxIlan Rubin  Identity Verified
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Why not? Dec 7, 2015

In my previous profession 80-90 hour weeks were the norm. If you worked 70 hours people would wonder what you were doing in the organization...

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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neilmac wrote:
As a freelancer, I value the possibility of being able to choose when to work or check my mails (etc) or not.

I almost always check my emails several times a day, seven days a week. I also sometimes work at the weekend - if I choose to. But I do that less and less as I have so many other things to do then. Anyway, my musician husband works very late quite often and I'm his roadie/sound engineer, so down-time encroaches into the days somewhat. I wouldn't like to be forced to be at my desk at 9 a.m. when I didn't get to bed until about 2 a.m.
For example, tomorrow, Tuesday, is a holiday in Spain, so many people take the Monday off too (this is known as a "puente" (bridge) in Spain).

What with every town, municipality, island (in my case), province and autonomous region of Spain having their own public holidays, as well as the Spain-wide ones, and puentes occurring all over the place too, I don't think we'd get any work done at all if we refused to work on both our own and our clients' holidays. Sometimes there seems to be just the odd working day between long weekends.


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564354352  Identity Verified
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Yes Dec 7, 2015

My computer is usually on from early morning till I go to bed, and as it sits on my desk at one end of my living room, I tend to spot emails coming in pretty fast. I don't leave the computer on specifically for business purposes, more for private use, but if a business email comes in, I will read it. If it needs a quick reply, I will reply. If it doesn't, I will leave it till Monday.

As others, I work when I want to. It just so happens that I prefer to work 10-4 Mon-Fri.



[Edited at 2015-12-08 05:38 GMT]


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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
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No Dec 7, 2015

Gitte Hovedskov, MCIL wrote:

As others, I work when I want to. It just so happens that I prefer to work 10-4 Mon-Fri.



Same here - although for me, the consequence is that I do not read my emails in the weekend, or after I have left my desk. Not so much because 'weekends are sacred' but because I enjoy doing things with my friends and most of them are only available in the weekend and after working hours.


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Weekends are defined so differently around the world Dec 7, 2015

I work when I like. I often take half days or whole days off during the week or on weekends to do something I want to do.
I work to accommodate a night-owl's schedule.
I take long lunches and long breaks for yoga clases and strength training.
I am always available early enough in my morning to email with Europe and Africa, which is where most of my work comes from.
My clients don't care when the work gets done, so long as it is done well and on time.

If I wanted to work office hours, I would have found an office job.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Another Outlook user! Dec 7, 2015

Ian Jones wrote:

All my emails arrive in Outlook, so I'll look at whatever comes in. Having said that, I don't receive offers of work at the weekend or those that I do what to pay a pittance for a fast turnaround.


Greetings, Ian, from Ohio. I've been running Outlook for email and calendaring since 2003.

Same here, I don't get job offers on Saturdays or Sundays (I know, Fridays are part of the weekend).


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Overworked Dec 7, 2015

ILAN RUBIN wrote:

In my previous profession 80-90 hour weeks were the norm. If you worked 70 hours people would wonder what you were doing in the organization...


Sounds like you were in the IT business, no?

I live in USA, and most newspapers keep telling us Americans are the ones working the longest hours around the planet. I guess they are wrong.


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