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Is it right for employees to attend to work emails outside of work time?

Audio Visual Written by John Berry on 11th September 2018. Revised 14th September 2018.

Many people work on emails when commuting. Is this right? Are employees right to do this? Are managers right to expect it?

John Berry recently joined Neil Pringle on BBC Radio Sussex to give comment and add to the debate.

The debate is, on the one hand, about managers expecting too much and employees feeling that they must do this or they will be seen to be insufficiently flexible. And on the other hand, it’s about employees wanting to provide this flexibility in the hope and expectation that they’ll be granted flexibility in return, for example, to meet family commitments by starting later on one day or leaving early on another.

Listen again to the various respondent comments and John’s discussion on this complex topic.

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