I am in a typical situation where my calendar is chock full of meetings back to back and I have recently started to put an out of office message telling people that I am not as responsive on email, and if they need an urgent response to please private message or call me.
Most of the time I am on cc emails where I don't really need to act on anything mainly because my staff is the one responding.
My boss and boss's boss has got a filter to ensure I read the mail quick regardless of whether I have to do anything. But other than that I only read all my other emails once every 2-3 days. My time is spent in back to back meetings where I contribute a fair bit.
I had started without the out of office message, but people were sometimes expecting wrongly that I would read their email and respond quickly.
It's early days and so far it's getting the desired response in the first few days, but I don't know how it may pan out long term or politically. My boss knows I am doing this, and he doesn't seem to have a problem with it.
I know this is a bit unorthodox, but I'm trying it out. I would like to know everyone's thoughts on the approach, and would you do if differently or adopt something similar?