You've got mail, loads
Back from a holiday to find your mailbox jammed?
Most professionals come back from vacation to find their inbox swamped by mails. Photo: Reuters
IT'S REALLY wonderful keeping in touch. But wonderful turns distressful when you return from vacation and realise that your mailbox is clogged. No wonder you experience Monday morning blues.
Christmas and New Year is that time of the year when goodwill e-mails and SMSs flow as freely as wine and champagne. While the e-mail waits like the ogre at work, SMS proves the instant irritant.
Many start off Monday morning trying to work out in their mind, how they will probably sit down for an hour straight and clear out that inbox, send quick replies and junk the spam.
Suhas Gopinath, CEO and President of Globals Inc. headquartered in the U.S. and with operations in India, was definitely expecting a hectic Monday to go back to. "I think I'll have at least 100 mails to go through when I get back to work on Monday. As a policy, all employees activate an automatic vacation response system as we've been closed since Christmas." But sometimes, he does monitor mails, though he may not respond immediately. It's not just CEOs who have to deal with this problem. Students today literally breathe e-mail and SMS.People often swamp cyber cafes during the festive season, trying to mail friends and relatives as well as check their own accounts. Try bagging a terminal on New Year's Eve at one of these cafés. You'll definitely lose a bet on that!
Keerthi Bhanu, who runs a software firm, was on vacation for two days for the New Year. "I know for sure that on Monday morning I will be spending an hour checking my mail. Replying to New Year wishes will be my first priority, and then I'll tackle the business mail." By Saturday evening, he cleared one lot of his e-mails from his home computer. "It's almost become a habit to check my mail at least once every evening, and respond immediately. When you run your own business, you can't afford to neglect your mails." Pravina Manjunath, a customer service adviser at a BPO call centre, got four days off for the New Year celebrations. But other teams in her centre who took off for Christmas, worked. On Saturday, she was already sure that at least 25 internal circulars would be waiting for her on her work mail account. "I'll definitely have a problem dealing with those mails because there will also be enough work to attend to immediately." The solution? Simultaneously check mail and work till you sort through every one of them. But she chose to completely stay off her two personal mail accounts during the vacation.
Srikrishna, a business analyst, was back at work on January 1 and had cleared 45 e-mails since the night of December 31. "I only reply to personal greetings. The moment I see myself as part of the `Bcc' list, I don't respond," he adds with a laugh. With pop-up mail being the order of the day, getting the latest and being done with it is not difficult. Doctors definitely slog the year through, with emergencies always killing the fun of a vacation. And when you have nearly eight e-mail accounts, you really have your hands full. Deepak Sharan, a consultant in orthopaedics and rehabilitation, has set aside a separate e-mail account for patients who keep him updated on their treatment and consult him via mail. "I get around 60 mails everyday. But since I'm not on vacation, I constantly deal with my mails. I usually do it late at night. But around New Year's my personal account is flooded with around 150 mails a day, mostly greetings." With online education and consultation on the anvil, he's planning to allot an associate exclusively to deal with his mails.
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