25. Separate Work and “The Rest of Life”

Constantly connected.  The demands of the “modern” workplace have made weekend emails standard operating procedure.

Sending email on the weekends has consequences.  Often, it demands a response from the person receiving the email.  When higher-level managers send an email, a subordinate may feel compelled to respond quickly—to the point that it interrupts “the rest of life” (those precious hours outside of the office).

Separating the two worlds is important to feeling refreshed come Monday.  It has everything to do with job satisfaction.  It has everything to with keeping employees engaged and productive during their time on the clock.  It has everything to do with creating a work environment conducive to enjoyment.

Principle 25: No email on the weekends.  Holidays included.  Enjoy your 4th of July holiday weekend.

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