The Business Optimizer team has a new strategy this year for beating holiday stress. Enjoy a truly relaxing holiday this year: learn how to unwind and switch off – starting with turning off your emails.
Does the idea of switching off your emails and ignoring all your work-related digital communications sound radical to you?
Digital communications have blurred the lines between “home” and “work”. And the need to work from home during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic has served to blur the lines even further. It can be hard to know when to put down your phone and stop answering work emails when you’ve been working at home on the same device all day.
The need to separate work and home life is well documented. Counterintuitively, not knowing when to switch off can result in workers becoming less productive. In the worst cases, it can lead to problems of burnout.
Some countries have tried to tackle this issue head-on. In France, workers have the “right to disconnect”. This means that, for companies with more than 50 employees, employees are protected from the expectation of being available outside working hours.
The legislation, which was introduced in France in 2017, forbids employers from expecting their employees to engage in communications, such as emails, outside of working hours.
For those of us who do not have legislation on our side, how should we negotiate the tricky issue of turning off your emails over the holidays in order to reduce seasonal stress?
Workers can have a relaxing holiday by:
Managers can have a relaxing holiday by:
Self-employed and small business owners can have a relaxing holiday by:
Managing expectations goes a long way to reducing holiday stress and having a relaxing holiday – not just for yourself and your team, but also for your customers too. Communicate early, clearly and repeatedly, so everyone knows when and how to communicate with you.