Work-related phone calls should generally be allowed for up to an hour after you've left the workplace, but no longer. The sole exception is if you have a morning presentation or other key occasion and a colleague calls with critical information. In that case, you might want to check in with your supervisor before leaving for the day.
If it's past that hour, then you should send an email instead. Your email should include a brief summary of the conversation along with any relevant documents or information. You can also attach files to help explain something or provide evidence of what was said. Finally, be sure to sign your email using a formal tone. This shows that you are being professional and responsible and should earn you some brownie points with your manager.
Overall, phone calls are a great way to stay in touch with your colleagues and keep important information flowing between departments. So don't feel like you need to let days go by without calling someone. It doesn't matter how late it is, people will understand if you need to talk things over further before calling back.
Personal phone calls can be made until around 8:30 p.m. Any later, and you're infringing on the few hours a day that people are permitted to zone out.
In fact, doctors recommend that you stay off the phone if you're trying to get pregnant or have a new baby. The stress of talking on the phone for long periods of time has been known to cause early labor in women who are pregnant.
Phone calls could also be harmful to your baby if you call during a feeding. If you need to ask someone something quickly, use another medium instead such as texting or emailing them.
Finally, if you're worried about missing an important call, set your phone to ring away when you're sleeping or turn it off completely overnight.
Many people like to text instead of talk, so this is becoming more common. It's okay to do this occasionally if you must contact someone immediately, but if you do it too often you'll come off as rude.
Here's how late you can go without sleep: If you work in an environment where you need to keep working even after midnight, then you should probably only spend one hour per day recovering from the effects of lack of sleep.
1 There is no rule that states an employer cannot phone you when you are not working, such as before or after a shift, on weekends or holidays, and so on. As a result, the employer may contact you. 3 You can request that your employer not contact your personal cell phone, but you can't force him or her to listen to you or do anything. If you feel like you need to hide your calls from work, consider using a work phone number for personal matters.
2 In some states, including California, Texas, and New York, it is illegal for an employer to call employees outside of normal business hours if they are not available by telephone. Employees have a right to refuse job offers or changes to their schedules during non-working hours. If this happens, the employee is considered unavailable for employment and should be notified in writing or through the use of an electronic message service such as email, text message, or voicemail.
3 In other states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania, employers can schedule workers by phone or email even if they are not available to take the call. In these cases, the worker has a right to accept or reject the offer; however, if they accept the job, they are considered available for work during normal business hours.
4 Employers often call employees to confirm their presence at work or to let them know what time they will be able to start. This is called "on-the-clock" calling.
Your time is valuable, so you shouldn't feel obligated to sit by the phone and wait all day for a callback. Wait at least 15 minutes before giving up, but you shouldn't feel the need to stick around for more than half an hour. Be patient and polite when deciding to reschedule. If they don't call you back within a few days, it's OK to assume that you weren'nt selected for the position.
Your employer wants you to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employee availability varies depending on the work; some are strictly 8 to 5, while others demand greater flexibility. Most employers understand that employees need time off for personal matters such as sick children or aging parents. Others realize that some people need more sleep than others and allow for reduced hours or even full-time employment with a reduction in pay or loss of position if an employee does not provide sufficient notice of their intention to be available 24 hours a day.
In order to be considered fully available to work 24 hours a day, every day of the year, your employer needs to know how you plan to keep yourself occupied during these times when you are not at your desk. If you have a family or other responsibilities, such as caring for a child who is sick or elderly, then you should communicate these factors to your employer so they can make accommodations where possible.
If you cannot be reached by phone but will answer an email or text message, then you are being accommodating by providing your contact information. However, if you do not respond to messages within a reasonable amount of time, your employer may assume that you did not receive them or are not able to comply. This could result in issues being brought up with your supervisor or manager when you are not available to address them.