You’re settling into bed following happy hour with your new coworkers when you get an email from your boss. Your anxiety levels immediately spike before you finish reading the subject line.
It’s only three weeks into your brand new job and you’re already getting late-night communication from your supervisor, adding to the frequent waves of stress you’ve been feeling about the position.
Here’s what to do when your boss constantly sends emails well after hours.
Figure out the best method of communication
Learn what the expectations are for this job — are you always expected to respond that night?
Alison Green, author of the Ask a Manager blog, answers a reader’s question in Inc. on if they are supposed to reply to work emails from the new boss on weekends and how to avoid a potentially sticky situation.
She writes that in some cases, you don’t have to respond, but next illustrates that you should start a dialogue.
“Now, obviously, if your boss is saying things like ‘let me know today’ or following up on Sunday to ask why you haven’t yet responded to the email he sent on Saturday, then it’s pretty clear that he does expect responses over the weekend,” Green writes. “But if this isn’t the case, then I would either a) ignore the emails until you’re back at work on Monday, or b) ask him—as in, ‘Hey, I’m assuming that it’s fine for me to wait to reply to emails sent over the weekend until I’m back at work on Monday, unless it’s an emergency. Let me know if that’s not the case.”
Think about how this affects your productivity
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