When you get a work email, do you (a) reply immediately, (b) let out an expletive or (c) think on it ? And — what if it’s on the weekend?
Market Watch reports that the majority of people (52%) who send a work-related email expect a reply within 12 and 24 hours, according to a new survey of 1,500 people by MailTime.com, an app that aims to organize and simplify emails, but 60% of people say they will wait two days to reply to their email.
At work, nearly 1 in 5 people expect you to answer an email within 12 hours and almost no one (3%) tolerates a week-long wait. However, 10% of people say they’re prepared to wait a week for an answer to a personal email.
In reality, people respond even more often than that. Nearly one-third of employees respond to emails at work within 15 minutes and almost one-quarter of people within 30 minutes, according to a 2013 survey of over 500 U.S.-based employees by research company Opinion Matters for GFI Software, a software and Internet security company. And 70% of workers use work email to send personal emails, too, even though they remain the property of the company and can be easily read by the IT department.
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