Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: September 26, 2019
We live in an era where we are always connected. Not only that, we are openly visible to others in the form of mobile devices and wireless internet capability. The theoretical barrier between work and home has been broken down by being connected to your job at all times. It’s very important to get away from your job at the end of the day to recharge, and work on what’s important to you. When is it a good time to “unplug” and disengage from replying to work messages when you get home? Is there a good time?
In France, it is now illegal to email your employees on weekends and holidays. Through research and analysis, researchers ascertained that workplace stress associated with engaging work emails is a substantial problem. In response, they outlawed the practice to manage workplace stress in their nation. The alleviation of work-related stress is what our evenings and weekends are for, not only for you to physically rest, but be reminded of what you are working for.
Always Connected, Always Present?
Akin to the connectivity of our generation, we live in an age of instant results and gratification. Our fingertips are capable of processing requests instantly. You can order pizza, restock your groceries, and even utilize satellite imagery to see what a building looks like from the street. With that connectivity, you attain a level of transparency prompting the ones trying to contact you an expectation of availability.
Obligation v. Opportunity
With your personal device, there is always an inherent presence to your job, especially if you sync your work email. How do you manage this while making a clear distinction that you are home and unavailable to process work-related requests? It’s important to note that the choice not to respond to work-related emails in your off hours is not an obligation, but an opportunity for you to maintain a work/life balance.