Our company works with an outside agency that handles creative projects for us. They work on a daily basis with 5 of us, and outside of our normal monthly projects they often get special projects thrown at them at the last minute. They are miracle workers handling such a workload and never missing a deadline. They are also saints for putting up with my SS co-worker, Stan. Stan often works from home and takes off a lot of religious holidays. So in one week he may be in on Monday, out of Tuesday, working from home on Wednesday, etc... Basically, he's all over the place. He keeps giving explicit instructions to the agency to NOT send him ANY emails while he's out of the office. He wants them to hold his emails and send them when he's working again.
This makes NO sense. Not only is it unreasonable to expect them to hold emails for him when they are juggling upwards of 20 projects at a time, what difference does it make when they are sent? If he's back in on Thursday, that's when he can reply. Doesn't matter if it was sent Tuesday night or Thursday morning! PLUS, why should the agency have to also track what days he's in the office or not?
I've heard him call them to complain, and my friend who works at the agency has told me his request drives them up the wall. I've told them to contact our director about it because he's out of line with this, PLUS he berates the rep and yells at her for sending emails when he tells them not to. Sorry, but the request is unreasonable and there's absolutely no negative consequence, it's just his personal preference. Let him use OUTLOOK to manage his emails, not make 4 people at the agency manage it themselves. It's insane!!!!