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Manager texted me at ~10pm asking for a non-critical update. I chose not to respond (until morning) because I don't want to allow a bad habit to form. Thoughts?

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Only point I want to make is on "forming bad habits". It really depends on your manager and the client situation. I've had a manager that just texted all the time because he thought about work all the time, I let him know that I try to go to bed around 10, but he can call me if it's urgent. I've had another who was in a different time zone than me, we worked together often and he was trusting me to handle the workstream remotely. I answered at all hours humanly possible because I wanted him to know everything is in hand. He eventually trusted me enough to save it until morning.

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I laugh at managers that are entitled and think they can text and expect a response at 10pm+...first, if you are going to do it set some context, of why you are needing shit so late...no expectations were set or the partner is inefficient and has random ass requests....people are people...manage them well...people have choices in life and they dont put up with shit long....own your title and really MANAGE your people...if you need emergency request filled, let them know ahead of time the communication method...and get your shit together

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Absolutely. Homie don't play that.

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Hopefully A3 isn't OP's manager. 🤞

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Manage up to a better life

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Exact same thing happened to me.. looked at my phone saw who it was... ignore!! Managers need to realize working that late is a favor, not an obligation. Don't waste it on low priority BS

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Thanks all. Disagree with A3 - I don't think work should bleed into my personal life if it doesn't have to. I said it was "non-critical."

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Disagree with the crowd on this one. Answer your manager's text. Show them that you are on your game and manage up to them. Give them the confidence that you are doing your job correctly. Ignoring them does you no favors.

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Responding to them at a reasonable hour and/or with reasonable lead time is not "ignoring them".

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There is a very simple answer to this. Reply and do the necessary work tonight, sit the manager down tomorrow to have a discussion about boundaries like adults. A child ignores texts and posts about it on FB. Act like the adult Accenture is paying you to be.

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OP - not knowing the context here... but you don't *know* it was non-critical. That is an assumption you are making. Perhaps your manager got a text from their SM or MD (or client) asking about your thing? I'm not saying you need to leave the deathbed of a relative or even interrupt your dinner ... but if you're just trying to passive aggressively prove some point based your principles - I don't think you are making your life any easier.

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Agree with a3. I once had to text around 9 because I had no clue if something had gott done (they were supposed to notify me). Might have seemed non critical but partner needed to know for a meeting in the morning exact metrics. You don't get to decide what's important. Either respond or don't, but I always remember the ones who do answer and I am extremely likely to look on them more favorably when the work is mostly the same quality as the person who doesn't.

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Good. And hopefully thAt is the last time that happens

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What I disagree with as a manager is that he/she should have communicated why they were texting at that hour, given a short apology .... Goes a long way. I think ACN needs to practice this work/life balance they preach (what a joke). If I had to text a team member because I needed something and they were offline - I would say - sorry to text so late but this is why .... but I also always have conversations about boundaries early on.

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If email say you were asleep. If ping, never be online unless you want people to reach out and ask you to do more work.

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So impressed OP!

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^ manager who gets pissy when people don't reply to him at night when they are trying to enjoy their personal lives

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Answer me

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As a manager, I try to be respectful and only bother analysts at night if it's important. But if I can't reach you when I need to, I'm going to be a LOT less nice in the future. Give and take, people...

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Lol what's all this nonsense about "personal lives" on a Monday night?

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