By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com
There's a bit of controversy brewing over employees being given company-issued mobile devices and expected to check email after-hours and whether or not it constitutes overtime. Volkswagen got around it with some of its union employees by shutting off their company email half an hour after their shift ends and turning it on only half an hour before their shift starts the next day.
No work email after-hours? Woo hoo! C'mon, Elaine, this calls for celebration! If you've ever been involved in a work email outage, you know that it generally involves a lot of panic and profanity-laced tirades. You can hear the desperation in the emails that start: "My BB is down. Please email my gmail!!!!!"
So, when we put it to readers: "What would your reaction be if your company shut off your email after-hours?" with the response choices a) panic, b) relief, c) throw a party, d) not sure, we were sure that panic would be the far and away leader, with a modest showing from relief. We were sure that most people would react like Gina Vergel, who replied:
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