Hey, Managers: Stop Emailing Your Employees at Night

Mobile technology was supposed to set us free from the tyranny of the 9-to-5, allowing workers to escape the office and plug in wherever they happened to be, and work when inspiration struck. Instead, studies show, improvements in technology have blurred the boundaries between work-time and personal-time, and changed managers' expectations of the managed. In short, many bosses and employers now expect workers to check their email at night, on the weekends, even on vacation. The result? Workers are getting mad, and getting less done.

3 Totally Fixable Ways Email Is Making Your Job Harder

Live by technology, die by technology -- or at least, be forced to deal with inconveniences created by the very tools that were intended to liberate us from extra work. For an example, look no further than email, which can save precious hours of face-to-face meeting time and provide an instant record of conversations, but also become a time-suck in its own right. Here are a few of the biggest problems with the productivity tool everyone loves to hate, and how to overcome them.

PayScale’s Weekly VIP Blog Roundup: Better Networks, Freedom From Email Slavery, and Early Retirement

Which stories shaped your career this week? The big headline is obviously the jobs reports. The ADP report, which is based on payroll data from private employers, showed gains of 208,000 jobs for November. The news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was even better: non-farm payrolls added 321,000 jobs last month. For workers, this is good news -- but it's not the whole conversation. To see what else is working Americans' minds this week, we turn to some of the most popular career bloggers on the internet.

Do You Actually Want to Get to Inbox Zero?

Inbox zero. It's the holy grail of email management. File your emails neatly away and keep your inbox empty, the theory goes, and you'll never have to worry about finding what you're looking for, ever again. But is having no emails at all in your primary inbox actually a reasonable -- or desirable -- goal?

3 Ways to Tame Your Inbox

Unless you're lucky enough to work for a company that doesn't use email, or are the world's most organized human being, you're probably going to come to a point where your email managment system collapses under the weight of your professional correspondence. Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks to help you get your inbox under control.

An Office Without Email?

WordPress has the 15th most popular website on the planet, 170 employees, and no offices. Employees work remotely, collaborating online instead of in person. That's not so unusual in the 21st-century office. What's different about the gang at WordPress is that they do this without using email.

Email Management Stinks Because You Do

Just as a car won’t maintain itself, your emails won’t manage themselves either. We’ll teach you five painfully basic tips to mastering email management so that you can, eventually, make the task of cleaning out your inbox a little less horrible.