Is it ok to respond to emails on holidays?
I prefer to check my emails regularly, including holidays and weekends to keep my inbox clean. Otherwise, I get a lot of emails that pile up and I hate that. But I always wonder if it is bad practice to respond to emails on holidays. I don't want people to think they need to respond back on a holiday, but I want to stay on top of things.
Hi, you would attend to your emails on your availability, urgency or priority. Therefore you would expect the same from the other end. A communication with a greeting is always well received, no matter what time of the season it may be, so no harm in responding to emails during holidays but do not expect the spontaneous response. Good Luck.
It's a personal choice, to unplug 100% or to take 10 minutes daily to respond to emails.
It depends what you function is in the company or maybe in your own business. When it's your own business then it is for sure needed to check each day your emails and to delegate it. When you are working as an employee it can be necessary too but only the very urgent emails, otherwise they can see it as normal that you do this. Delegate as possible too if the task will take too much time. Otherwise you can give a brief response.
Good luck to you and your business. Raf Meysmans
I agree with the majority. This is a common practice. We all have downtime over the holidays and it is natural to start weeding through our inbox. It is not impolite to respond to e-mails on a holiday, it is - however - inconsiderate to expect an immediate reply. Those that are available will read your e-mail and respond as they find time. Happy holidays!
Yes but only give brief responses.
Try to delegate if possible,
If it's not a very high priority indicate to them that you are on leave and will address this when you return (giving the day after you actually return). Ask them if this is ok, or if it requires immediate attention ask them to let you know.
90% of the time they will hold on till you get back.
Its just polite and good manners to respond to email within a reasonable time.
Staying on top means reading emails and responding with updated information, that includes weekends and holidays.
...unless the sender needs a reply ASAP, I write responses, save them as drafts and send later. Get as much out of your down time as possible.
If you have got some time to attend and respond some emails, there's no harm. It keeps inbox minimized and the receiver will feel good being attended on time. If it is holiday, you can always end with a note, "Please respond back at your convenience when you're back from Holidays".