The nice thing about email is that it doesn't interrupt - a person can get to it and respond when appropriate. However, I happen to know that a couple of my colleagues (fellow managers) have their phones set so that emails pop up on the screen with an noise alert when they are received, basically like receiving an SMS/Txt message. Knowing this, is it rude of me to send them emails late at night or on the weekends, or when they're on holiday? I feel bad "disturbing" them, when I just want to get something off my plate while I remember. My intention is for them to address it during working hours, I don't need an immediate response.
Personally, I have this feature turned off on my phone - I'm somebody who will check my phone immediately if it rings/beeps and with the high volume of email I get receive (100 per day or so) it would drive me insane to be grabbing the phone that often, it honestly wouldn't be healthy for me. I admit I do check my emails waaaay more often than I should - I just can't handle seeing that tiny number on the bottom of the screen telling me there is something new to look at! But because it doesn't alert me, I am only looking when I actually am already using my phone, it's not distracting me at other times. Plus if I really need a break on the weekend I will turn off the auto download altogether.
So my question is, do I bear any responsibility for emailing at appropriate times, or is it up to them to ensure they change their phone settings or turn it off if they don't want to be interrupted?