According to Above the Law, Weil Gotshal sent out a new email policy as an April Fools Day prank. Here’s the “joke” policy:
(1) Email will not be transmitted between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. This will be implemented in the local time zone for each Weil office. This will be the default email setting, subject to opt-outs as described below.
(2) Emails will not be transmitted between 11:00 p.m. Friday and 6:00 a.m. Monday, also implemented in the local time zone for each Weil office and also subject to opt out.
(3) When an employee is on vacation, no emails will be transmitted from 11:00 p.m. on the day prior to start of vacation to 6:00 a.m. on the first day back at work after vacation. All emails during this time will be automatically responded to with a message that the recipient is on vacation and not receiving emails, and the name, email address and telephone number of a designated substitute for the duration of the vacation.
Translation: “Don’t you dare stop answering emails after hours, on weekends, or while you are on vacation. There is no such thing as after hours, the weekend, or vacation at this firm.”
That’s a great email policy, too. If Gmail or Outlook or Mail.app had a “hold email” feature, these are exactly the settings I would use. Some European companies are implementing similar, totally-sensible email policies because answering emails at all hours is actually counter-productive.
Fortunately, you can implement this policy for yourself. All you have to do is turn on the do-not-disturb feature on your smartphone and keep your email tab or app closed in the evenings. You’ll never know it’s there.
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