No-Email Friday

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sue Shellenbarger, who writes the "Work and Family" column for the Wall Street Journal, on why some companies are going without emails on Fridays.


Sue Shellenbarger

Comments [7]

For listeners who were too young to follow or don't remember much about the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and Anita Hill's testimony about Thomas's sexual harassment: Please don't take for granted the accuracy of Andrew Brighthart's characterization that there was really nothing to the charges. A few simple examples: 1)Thomas's comments to Hill about "pubic hairs" on a "Coke bottle" were NOT the only thing that came out in the hearings. 2) There were other women who were willing to testify about Thomas's harassment of them, but they were not called to testify. 3) Brighthart has a a right to his view that even if true the "pubic hair" comments are "no big deal." But Hill and the thousands of women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace also have a right to their view that it was/is a big deal, and such comments are usually part of a pattern (as they were in Thomas's case).. 4) Brighthart assumes that HIS judgment about how "serious" such comments are, how much they affect women and create a hostile work environment -- is more valid or correct than the judgment of countless women targets/victims of workplace sexual harassment. This suggests he has a rather large blind spot and lack of humility -- dare I say arrogance and has ignored or dismissed a vast amount of evidence, testimony, research on sexual harassment.
Emily Filardo

May. 11 2011 11:54 AM
eric fluger from jersey city

email is extremely useful for commnicating over large distances and/or large time zone differences and/or when a paper trail is required.

for many folks email is a relatively new toy they can't put down. folks who've been using it for decades tend to keep it more in perspective, and presumabley the relative newcomers will catch up.

also, not everyone appreciates the paper trail and i suspect that some complaints about other aspects of email are really motivated by this. so someone who gets caught telling different versions of the same story suddenly complains about "too much email".)

Oct. 26 2007 12:08 PM
chestine from NY

who picked this topic? george carlin yesterday, this today?

Oct. 26 2007 11:58 AM
William Scruggs from New Jersey

Your comment about cell phones really strikes a chord with me. I find it amazing that people in public, shouting over background noise, think that their phone calls are private.

And the present administration is doing their best to make sure email privacy includes them.

Oct. 26 2007 11:57 AM
Ron from Upper Eastside

How about "No Work-Related E-mail Fridays", but "Yes to Personal E-mail Fridays", which would allow employees access to personal e-mail accounts so that we could plan our weekends. This would alleviate stress, make employees happier, thus improving productivity!

Oct. 26 2007 11:46 AM
TM from Brooklyn

I love to turn off the email, but it piles up, and I am faced with an even more horrendous backlog. And people yell at you when you don't reply.

Oct. 26 2007 11:43 AM
Anne from Times Square

Does the email ban include instant messages?

Oct. 26 2007 11:41 AM

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