LSA Dean Andrew D. Martin and Associate Dean Anne Curzan write in The Chronicle of Higher Education that when the LSA Dean’s Office stopped sending after-hours emails last year, the volume of email went down and the number of productive, in-person conversations rose. What’s more, staff members were doing their jobs while living their lives more effectively.
“We would go so far as to say it has been transformative,” Martin and Curzan say of the new dean’s office policy on after-hours email, which calls for limiting email traffic to working hours, finding more opportunities to communicate in person, and reducing email forwarding. The new approach is so popular it’s been voluntarily adopted by several other LSA offices and departments.
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