i may have committed a faux pas this weekend. in fact, i may be guilty of doing so several times. when i have some time to work on work over the weekend it usually entails going over what i need to get done and then firing off some emails, generally with some questions i need answers to. i never gave it much thought, but i suppose that it allows me to be productive on monday as that is when i would usually search out said answers. funny thing happened this last weekend, after i sent off a few emails with fairly typical questions i got a text from a co-worker asking if this was something that she needed to take care of immediately. my answer was of course not, but my attempt to get my work life organized may have been viewed differently, in fact this may have happened more than this time, this happens to be when it was brought to my attention. i thought about the emails that i send out and i don’t think any of them seem urgent, but i can see why someone would look at an email and say to themselves “well, he is sending this out on the weekend, perhaps it’s urgent?” (small footnote: the reader of the email would be checking their work email over the weekend, but i feel that is another conversation completely, not that there’s anything wrong with that!) perhaps i should put a standard disclaimer on weekend email, something to the effect of ‘this isn’t urgent, just a question that i’m sure to ask you on monday in the first part of the day’. i don’t think email is a mode of urgent expression – texting, phone calls, and/or face to face questions seem to denote urgency to me, but this isn’t about me really. it’s about my very brief (we’re talking seconds at most) sense of guilt that i was imposing on a colleague’s weekend solace by sending out emails. any rulings?
my potential breach of weekendiquette