Rapid Reply: Email response time

by epi on July 17, 2013

Q: How fast should you respond to emails?

A: You should reply within one to two days for personal messages and within twenty-four hours for business emails, depending on how pressing the matter is. If you will be away from your computer for a few days or longer, use the “vacation” or out-of-office feature, which tells the sending you received the message but are unable to reply until a designated date.

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Joanna July 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

I know that people can be busy…but in some cases, people who take the longest to reply to emails are ones whom I KNOW to have smartphones that they are CONSTANTLY checking. Thus, not responding in a timely fashion basically tells me how important I am to them. I’ve pruned a few “friendships” in this manner.


Winifred Rosenburg July 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

To be fair, some people have difficulty typing on smart phones so they avoid writing long emails until they have an actual keyboard.


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