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Bring The Office To The Beach: Yea Or Nay?
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jastroff
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jastroff,
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8/18/2014 | 6:49:09 PM
Re: Incremental value of being disconnected
I wonder how the company deals with important business/client requests/customer service if they delete the emails that might contain the information?

 

>> Just saw this online: The German automaker Daimler is putting in a system to automatically delete messages that are sent to people who are on vacation: 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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8/18/2014 | 2:35:06 PM
Re: Incremental value of being disconnected
Just saw this online: The German automaker Daimler is putting in a system to automatically delete messages that are sent to people who are on vacation: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/17/daimler-deletes-out-of-office-email/

That's a bold step! Not sure if it's the right one, but it's certainly bold. I also wonder if it applies to top executives.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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8/18/2014 | 11:28:52 AM
Re: Incremental value of being disconnected
"We have to remember businesses all ran for centuries without access to their employees all the time."

Excellent point. You have to ask yourself how much of these always-on connections are really necessary. Or are you just checking in on them because you can?
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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8/18/2014 | 11:21:45 AM
Re: Allowing yourself to recharge
A quick update. I got back from a very restful and fun week, and I didn't check my e-mail at all. This was a first for me! I do think it's important to disconnect and recharge, and now I'm ready to go full steam ahead. I think one of the reasons I could go off the work grid is because of the great team at the office who picked up the slack--thanks everybody! And Shane, I think you're right: I'll work better because of the opportunity to really take time away.
impactnow
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impactnow,
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8/12/2014 | 4:42:00 PM
Incremental value of being disconnected
I did just return from a vacation in July and while I did check email a few times I did not interrupt any of my vacation activities to do so. I checked in at off times or when waiting in line etc. Being disconnected allows me to be more creative long term and avoid the burnout cycle. We have to remember businesses all ran for centuries without access to their employees all the time.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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8/11/2014 | 11:16:03 AM
Allowing yourself to recharge
I just returned from a week's vacation so this post hits home. i experienced every thought and feeling Andrew lays out here. He's right, these days it's difficult to just let go. Work can be all-consuming and it's so accessible, so it's no easy task to shut the door for awhile. But if you have a good and trustworthy team, you can do it. Should do it. And try not to look at email. (Ok, maybe a mid-week check and another check the day before returning).  I try to think of a week off as a time of rest but also a recharging. I'll do better work later because of it.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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8/11/2014 | 9:31:47 AM
Re: Don't worry about work!
I suffer from this and I know several other people who do as well.  We have become an industry of always on, always available professionals.  I can't say that I've had an honest vacation from work in almost 20 years.  Before cell phones it was a pager and code 911 entered after a phone number.  One thing that I've started to consider is if labor laws will be changed to address this.  If you look at the hours I'm "on", checking and responding to messages or working on little things outside of my office hours the work/life line gets very blurry.  With more physical jobs this type of thing wouldn't fly but it isn't given much thought with knowledge workers.
jjessup570
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jjessup570,
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8/8/2014 | 6:19:53 PM
Don't worry about work!
Drew, your post raises some very important questions about work / life balance. Or vacation / work balance! I miss the days of pre-Blackberry vacations. I do agree with you that unless we have a chance to recharge we won't be nearly as productive in the long term. And your kids grow up too soon! So get down in the sad and leave your phone behind. We'll muddle through without you!!!


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