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Even when young professionals post out-of-office messages, they’re still connected. Here’s why employers should give the option to check in.
No matter where you take your summer holiday, if you’re a millennial, then you will likely be packing your inbox.
According to a recent study by HR consulting firm Randstad, 52% of millennial employees reported feeling compelled to respond to emails outside of working hours. Despite their ability to connect with the office while away, 40% of generation Y employees reported feeling guilty about using all of their vacation time, compared to only 18% of baby boomers.
Jim Link, managing director of HR at Randstad, attributes some of this generational difference to the fact that millennial employees are in earlier stages of their careers and are apt to feel more anxious about appearing responsive. They are more hesitant to take time off for fear of missing out on career opportunities, he adds.

Baby boomer employees who have more seniority may feel a greater sense of security, Link explains. Therefore, they value freedom when it comes to taking vacation time and creating a clear separation between work and home life.
“If you’re young, you’re trying to show your value in an organization,” he says. “The bleeding between work and life is also more pronounced among millennials. They’re also the group who are most comfortable being connected while they’re away.”
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Even when young professionals post out-of-office messages, they’re still connected. Here’s why employers should give the option to check in.

No matter where you take your summer holiday, if you’re a millennial, then you will likely be packing your inbox.

According to a recent study by HR consulting firm Randstad, 52% of millennial employees reported feeling compelled to respond to emails outside of working hours. Despite their ability to connect with the office while away, 40% of generation Y employees reported feeling guilty about using all of their vacation time, compared to only 18% of baby boomers.

Jim Link, managing director of HR at Randstad, attributes some of this generational difference to the fact that millennial employees are in earlier stages of their careers and are apt to feel more anxious about appearing responsive. They are more hesitant to take time off for fear of missing out on career opportunities, he adds.

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Baby boomer employees who have more seniority may feel a greater sense of security, Link explains. Therefore, they value freedom when it comes to taking vacation time and creating a clear separation between work and home life.

“If you’re young, you’re trying to show your value in an organization,” he says. “The bleeding between work and life is also more pronounced among millennials. They’re also the group who are most comfortable being connected while they’re away.”

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Many of us pride ourselves on carefully adhering to email codes of conduct and maintaining as-close-to-impeccable tone, spelling, and grammar as possible.

Still, some struggle a bit more than others to observe these basic social mores, and a few distinct email personalities have bubbled to the surface.

Exhibiting any of these personalities is a sure-fire way to get your emails deleted, your readers unsubscribed, and your customers annoyed with your entire company.

So please, do yourself a favor and avoid becoming one of these people at all costs:

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Amid all the talk of inbox zero, there are actually advocates for engineering email inundation into your work flow. If it’s time to embrace the bloated inbox, read on. 

MORE BRAIN SPACE FOR OTHER THINGS

For Mazur and Cerulo, their inboxes serve the same function as a master to-do list. Cataloging tasks in one easily searchable place opens up bandwidth for other things. “We don’t waste brain space trying to remember if this got done, or losing sleep about some little thing that the other one may have taken care of, or bugging each other about scheduling nonsense,” said Cerulo.

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[Image: Flickr user Terry Johnston]

Amid all the talk of inbox zero, there are actually advocates for engineering email inundation into your work flow. If it’s time to embrace the bloated inbox, read on. 

MORE BRAIN SPACE FOR OTHER THINGS

For Mazur and Cerulo, their inboxes serve the same function as a master to-do list. Cataloging tasks in one easily searchable place opens up bandwidth for other things. “We don’t waste brain space trying to remember if this got done, or losing sleep about some little thing that the other one may have taken care of, or bugging each other about scheduling nonsense,” said Cerulo.

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[Image: Flickr user Terry Johnston]

According to Unroll.me, of 2.5 million unsubscribed emails, consumers were most displeased with emails from 1-800 Flowers, unsubscribing at a 52.5% rate, followed by spam from Ticketweb, which had a 47.5% unsubscribe rate.

  1. 1-800 Flowers: 52.50% unsubscribe rate
  2. Ticketweb: 47.50% unsubscribe rate
  3. Pro Flowers: 45.10% unsubscribe rate
  4. Expedia: 45.00% unsubscribe rate
  5. Active.com: 44.70% unsubscribe rate

Here are the other emails we hated getting

While email can sometimes be a quick and convenient way to gauge interest or disseminate information, it’s often not the best tool for the job, he said. About 20% of the time, we’re using email correctly—leveraging it to communicate across time zones or answer a well-defined question. But 80% of email traffic is ‘waste,’ he said—stuff that’s useless or really requires a phone call or face-to-face discussion.

Why 80% of your emails are a total waste