Re: “Terrible advice for e-mail stress — Reader’s letter,” Aug. 16:

A reader’s response to the ‘E-mail stresses workers’ article itself was perhaps a little naïve.

If everyone read and answered e-mails immediately upon receiving them, then that’s all any of us would do all day.


Many, if not all of us, have several other facets to our jobs that require us to spend time focused on certain other tasks and get them completed within specific timelines.

Setting aside specific times during the day to handle these various facets of our job is indeed an effective means of managing our workloads. If that means checking e-mails four times instead of three times a day, then so be it.

Of course, there are times when e-mails are urgent or do require an immediate response, sure. But I doubt anyone would get fired because they take an hour or two to respond to these. In fact, those of us who have been in the workforce long before e-mail also understand that there’s another efficient communication tool to handle those circumstances when the e-mail you send requires urgent or immediate attention; its called the telephone.