Sending e-mail on weekend?

Is it weird or wrong or inappropriate to send a networking e-mail on the weekend? Is this a weird thing to do?


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  • Intern in IB - Cov
Oct 3, 2020 - 4:46pm

No you just might have to follow up because I generally ignore my email over the weekend unless it's coming from a co-worker that requires an immediate response. I think you're better off sending by first thing Monday morning so it's the first thing they see when they hit the desk

  • Intern in IB - CB
Oct 3, 2020 - 6:28pm

Stop overthinking it. Tbh at least I read it on Monday morning instead of Tuesday when I've had a short night and have gone through 100+ emails that day. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Oct 4, 2020 - 12:28pm

Agreed that it's best practices to wait until a week day. I would also think you're response rates will be lower on weekend emails. At least I know I would ignore it and then it would get buried under work weekend emails and then Monday morning emails and would forget about it. Also there's the chance you piss them off (it wouldn't bother me but some people would not like a networking email on the weekend)

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Oct 4, 2020 - 11:39pm

Send it on a weekday. You're more likely to 1) get a more thoughtful response because they'll be in front of a keyboard and 'working' [i.e. helping you isn't coming out of their free time] and 2) most people hate getting emails on weekend since it usually means stuff is getting blown up, especially true for analysts. 

Jan 16, 2021 - 4:57pm

You might be seen as more dedicated if you send emails on a weekend, but personally that time is for me to chill and destress with other activities.

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Jan 16, 2021 - 7:20pm

If you're busy on weekdays write it on the weekend and set the delivery date to Monday.


  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Feb 23, 2021 - 9:22pm

As an analyst, I would like to reiterate: do not send networking emails on weekends or holidays (unless you're wishing them a happy holiday). Best time to reach out is Tuesday - Thursday (Monday's usually overwhelmed with emails and Fridays people are trying to relax/ go offline early.) Thank you for attending my Ted Talk

Feb 23, 2021 - 9:27pm

Delay deliver to hit inboxes around 8am.

I'm not reading your email over the weekend (either I don't care or it gets lost with tons of other random or automated emails I'm ignoring) and IF I do it's probably alongside 3 other fire drills and I'll forget. Delay delivering around 8am ensures someone at least sees it when they first log in and probably maximizes your chance at a response (especially if it's short, engaging, with an effective CTA).

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