I'm a contractor who has recently joined a new project in the last month or so. I am ~8 hours ahead of the rest of the team and so often send emails outside of their working hours.
After almost every email I address to my client, especially ones sent after hours or on weekends, I will receive a reply from another teammate on the project who has been cc'd. His email will go something like this:
It is very late/weekend here, so X will get back to you first thing in the morning.
X is out of the office today, he will get back to you tomorrow.
These emails are not automated. The text changes each time and often my teammate will include unhelpful comments like "That's a good question, I'd also like to know the answer" or "y should also know, you can ask them too". I have been quite impressed at their response time. It's almost always within 3 hours, even in the middle of the night.
As far as I can tell, this is not this person's job. He's a developer in a technical role. My client has an assistant who is also cc'd , and if anyone were to be sending these kinds of emails, she would be doing so.
I find these emails annoying. I don't want to take time from this person's weekend to reply to every email I send. I know about the time difference; I know it's weekend there. I am perfectly aware that there will be some delay in receiving a reply. These emails seem to assume that either (1) I don't know about time differences or (2) I am expecting a reply immediately.
This has been going on for a month now, and practically all emails I send outside of work hours receive this reply. I had hoped the person would stop after a while, especially since it's weekend for them too.
During this time, I took a couple of measures:
- I was particularly careful with the tone of my emails, to ensure that I didn't include some degree of urgency in them.
- I delayed my email sending until their working hours. This is very inconvenient for myself since a lot of my workday does not overlap with theirs.
I hoped that my client would address this, he is receiving these emails too (this teammate is replying to all) and this is his employee.
Nonetheless, it has been a month and there has been no change. I an getting to the point where either I need to get over my annoyance and live with this, or write some kind of tactful email to someone to figure out (1) why this is happening or even if (2) my emails during their night are particularly bothersome.
How do I get to the bottom of why these emails are being sent, and how do I get them to stop?