No more work email from home? Employers step in to prevent burnout among staffers

  • Article by: DANICA KIRKA , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 5:20 AM

LONDON — Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.

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tokyogpDec. 3, 13 3:18 AM

Thank you for publishing this article. Much to ponder here. Let me add this memorable quote from Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon: "a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention." This is from 1971. What might he think about today's world?

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coolnoutDec. 3, 13 3:35 AM

I work for a fortune 500 medical company and our HR dept. had to implement a plan into action that would force employees to use their vacation hours. Many employees had maximum vacation levels because middle management runs their departments as their own forcing employees to work and with the constant demand for more and more productivity, vacations don't work in the scheduling. People also regularly show up to work sick and the company does nothing to discourage it. Job burnout is promoted not discouraged, stop kidding yourself.

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tooty123Dec. 3, 13 1:43 PM

coolnout is correct. Corporations are still pushing more work on their employees instead of hiring people to address the demand. Employees are frightened to NOT do everything to keep their jobs. Those nearing retirement are more uneasy because they fear being let go before they can retire, so they work the long hours, skip lunch, breaks, and work at home.

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texas_technomanDec. 3, 13 4:40 PM

I retired 4 years ago. Last thing I did at night was check my Blackberry for messages, first thing I did when I woke up....yup, did it again. I know it hasn't changed because once in a while I shoot the Chairman an email late at night, and he responds...within minutes. I am guessing this is more the norm for most working stiffs....hang in there, retirement is way better than any one will let on.!

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keaton12Dec. 4, 13 6:05 AM

The guilt trip excuse today is that a project is revenue dependent which is code for "I want a bigger bonus". I don't care what kind of ribbon you put on it, people still need to plan better. I now tell the urgent folks to ask the people who did plan ahead if their project can go to the end of the line for them? That pretty much takes care of the problem. People thrive on drama and manipulating others so they look like a hero at the end of the day. Some things never change.

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hittodeadDec. 4, 13 6:03 PM

So far, it's refreshing to not have the usual chorus: "They should be thankful they have a job. If they don't like it, they should quit."

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