Today's e-mail glut is a constant worry for many office workers, with a third saying they get stressed by the volume of messages, according to a report. It's the summer holiday season - offices are empty and computers left sleeping and even if you try to e-mail someone, all too often you'll get an "out of office" message. Because out of office has become the latest piece of office trickery.
Give us a piece of technology and we'll subvert it.
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"Technology might change, but people stay the same.
It's like answering machine messages you used to hear, 'sorry we're not in, we're meeting the Dalai Lama this weekend or we're paragliding in Tanzania'." On message There are also lists of "funny" out of office messages being spammed around.
The New York-based Mr Schwalbe admits to being a little creative with the dates of his own out of office, gaining breathing space when he returns from a break. And people have got so demanding, if you don't answer in half an hour, they're e-mailing again to say 'why haven't you replied? "The only time that people used to use out of office was when they were on vacation - 'I'm at the summer house in Maine, ring my assistant if it's urgent' - but now quite cleverly people are using it to say 'I'm really busy at the moment, please don't take offence, but it's going to take a couple of days before I get back'." Rebecca Clake, research manager for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, says an out of office message is one way in which staff are trying to cope with the information overload.
'No e-mail days' Managers are so aware of the amount of time taken up by the e-mail backlog, she says, that "some companies have introduced 'no e-mail days', where, once a week, no one is allowed to send internal e-mails".
E-mail is great, but perhaps it makes it a bit too easy to 'communicate'?
Ann, Hull "Mouse arrest" has got to be the phrase of the century - almost makes me feel more kindly towards the bandwidth hogging, time consuming out of office auto replies I get almost daily.
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