Fri., July 6, 2012 5:45pm (EDT)

WORKING: The Boss's Email
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Brandon Smith says most supervisors who send email outside of normal business hours – late at night or on the weekends, for instance – don’t want instant replies. But they’re bad at making sure their employees know that. (Photo Courtesy of Noel Abejo via stock.xchng.)
Brandon Smith says most supervisors who send email outside of normal business hours – late at night or on the weekends, for instance – don’t want instant replies. But they’re bad at making sure their employees know that. (Photo Courtesy of Noel Abejo via stock.xchng.)
On Working, we’ve talked before about how much email is sent each day and how it can be a barrier to getting things done.

Of course, a lot of email going back and forth might be with your supervisor, which you can’t just ignore. Or can you?

Brandon Smith talks about how to handle a boss who’s writing you at all hours of the day and night.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.