Employees find it increasingly harder to leave ‘the office’ at the office. Even when on holiday, many people feel inclined to open their e-mail accounts to see what’s going on at home. With wifi available at almost all summer destinations, many employees have noticed unplugging sounds easier than it actually is. One study for example found that as many as 83% of employees check e-mail while on vacation.
There have been many attempts to motivate people to switch off for a minute (or two). Brands offering social break widgets. Apps that help you to disconnect without feeling guilty. A beer brand that reminds you alcohol and online presence don’t always work well together. Charities that offer donations when you stay offline for a while. And the list goes on.
The newest attempt of helping – in this case – employees is at the headquarters of German company Daimler. Employees have the option to turn on a “Mail on Holiday” function on their e-mail. This will automatically delete every e-mail that comes in while the employee is away. Instead of the usual out of office message, contacts get a notification to either try to reach a colleague or try when the vacationer is back. The vacation e-mail tool was developed after a massive survey, along with new policies recommending to switch off e-mail on weekends.