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New Rules for Dealing With E-Mail Overload

Almost everyone has a love-hate relationship with e-mail: We love the convenience of the medium, but resent the time sink caused by having to read and respond to dozens of e-mails.  Still, besides complain, no one really ever does anything about it. Until now. Rees Morrison reports here on one law department's policy: It has a rule that lawyers will not log on to their e-mail accounts two hours before or two hours after normal working hours in the jurisdiction in which they are located.

Morrison comments:

Aside from wondering how anyone can enforce such a rule, as cited in Law Dept. Quarterly, Vol. 2, May-July 2006 at 17, I just don’t follow how it helps. If you don’t want to peek, you won’t. If the rule prohibited lawyers from sending e-mail, then at least the volleys and clicks would drop.

Seems to me that  all the policy will do is cause an even greater e-mail buildup.  Don't you want lawyers to read e-mail before and after the working day begins rather than interrupt the work day? 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on June 23, 2006 at 03:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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