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Working after hours...

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Marshall, May 14, 2019.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I very often work later at night because of circumstances and I send emails to people (local authority, consultants we are working with, staff) for their reply the next day.

    So many reply there and then - it's good that they are still working just like us in schools.

    What's not good is that we are all still working later on at night:(
  2. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    But often its the only time you can get to 'Talk"
  3. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    I’m new in my current post and I recently replied straight away to an email my head sent at 11pm on a Friday night (my emails come up on my phone).
    She replied saying ‘I didn’t expect an immediate response, please have a weekend’.
    It told me to switch off and I appreciated that.
  4. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    You can set your emails to not be delivered until a later time (e.g. 7am)
    nomad likes this.
  5. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    As a HT, I receive all sorts of emails any time of the day and night but I restrict the hours that I will respond- unless of course there is an emergency.
    I make it clear to my staffing team that whilst I expect them to work hard, I expect them to have a strong work-life balance too.
    If I send an email to all staff, it’s generally within the hours of 8am and 5pm- anything else (unless an emergency- school closure etc) will be communicated the next day.
    I know a HT who has set up a WhatsApp group for all staff- which although useful- it’s an invasion of privacy. I have a WhatsApp group for the Senior Leadership Team (AHT & DHT) only but I wouldn’t have one for all staff- my school employs 65 colleagues- I am sure they wouldn’t appreciate other colleagues messaging each other on there in a ‘public conversation’ in the early hours etc- if they want their own, then it’s up to them.
    strawbs likes this.

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