If you’re trying to decide if you should load your work email on your personal phone, stop and think about what you’re trying to accomplish. This list of pros and cons will hopefully help you decide if this is the right decision for you.
- You can check your emails from wherever you are. There is no longer a need to pull out your laptop or wait until you get back to the office the next day.
- You don’t miss important emails. By having your email on your phone, you won’t lose any important emails that you’ve been waiting on or that take you by surprise
- You can send emails that you might have forgotten. If you forgot to send something while you were at work, don’t sweat it. Type it out on your phone and mark it off your to-do list.
- If you routinely work in various locations, having your email on your phone will help you stay connected in the most inconvenient places. You can now get work done from anywhere your phone has connectivity.
- You will always feel like you’re on call. If you routinely answer emails after hours, people will get used to it, and you have a hard time taking a break from the office work.
- Keeping work and home time separate. If you like having a separation between the two, then taking your work home with you via phone every night will start to feel tedious.
- You have no more excuses for “missing” an email. You no longer have the reason that you didn’t see something right away. Everyone knows that people are very attached to their phones, so if your email is connected to your phone, you’re going to be alerted every time a new message comes in.
- Your supervisor might expect you to do more work. If your email is on your phone, they might expect answers at all times of the day, no matter if it’s part of your current workload or not.
There are good things and bad things to every decision we make, and you must decide what is right for your situation. Now, if part of your job IS to be on-call all the time, you might not have a choice in this matter, but for everyone else, think about what you want, and what items are most important to you.