It’s no secret that many people want to leave work behind when they finish for the day and enjoy some much needed downtime.
A group of teachers recently shared their desire for this and as a result the primary school they work at sent round a message to parents asking them to only get in touch via email during 8:30am and 5:30pm on weekdays.
One mum was rather frustrated by the whole thing and took to the internet to share her thoughts and feelings on the matter.
In a post on Mumsnet, the unnamed woman explained that she works in a job where there is limited phone/computer access during the day, so she cannot send many emails during the times they have put forward.
She branded the message from the school “ridiculous” and stressed that she didn’t expect teachers to reply out of hours but felt it wasn’t unreasonable to still be able to get in touch.
“We’ve had a message from DCs’ (primary) school respectfully asking parents to only email the head and class teachers between 8:30-5:30 on school days and not during the evenings/ weekends/holidays, for staff well-being reasons,” the mum wrote.
“Am I being unreasonable to think that this is ridiculous?
“I work in a job where I don’t always have access to a phone/computer during the working day and so, on the rare occasion that I need to contact a teacher, I tend to email in the evening at home or first thing before I get ready to leave.”
She continued: “Obviously I don’t expect them to reply out of working hours, or even to read it there and then, but I had never considered that it would be intrusive.
“In my job I get loads of emails at all times of the day and night and they just sit in my inbox until I am working!”
The parent went on to suggest that the teachers simply stop checking their emails and turn off notifications if they were having such a major impact on their downtime.
Her post quickly went viral and divided fellow parents, with more than 700 people responding to it.
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Many people agreed with the mum that the school was being ridiculous, with one person commenting: “Seems a bit ridiculous I mean most are at work themselves. Surely most people don’t expect then to actually respond straight away? It’s acceptable to not check until work hours begin the next day.”
Another wrote: “Email is electronic mail. You write when you write and they open it when they open it. It’s like specifying that I can only send a postcard during work hours. Their lack of boundaries isn’t your problem.”
A third said: “I work in a school and yes, that’s ridiculous.”
However not everyone had a problem with the school’s message.
Someone else suggested the mum simply: “compose the email, save and send between 8.30 and 5.30”.
A different user added: “I think the problem is the parents who are not like you and who expect instant responses and get cranky when they don’t get them. My kids school has a policy that teachers are only expected to respond during business hours and IMO that’s a better way of presenting it.”