Don’t send non-urgent emails outside work hours

Edited excerpt from Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team by Maura Thomas:

As a productivity trainer specializing in attention management, I’ve seen over the past decade how after-hours emails speed up corporate cultures — and that, in turn, chips away at creativity, innovation, and true productivity.

If this is a common behavior for you, you’re missing the opportunity to get some distance from work — distance that’s critical to the fresh perspective you need as the leader. And, when the boss is working, the team feels like they should be working.

Being “always on” hurts results. When employees are constantly monitoring their email after work hours — whether this is due to a fear of missing something from you, or because they are addicted to their devices — they are missing out on essential down time that brains need.

Refrain from after-hours communication. Discourage an always-on environment of distraction that inhibits creative flow.

Notes:
(1) If you work in a company with teams in different time zones (our situation in Seeking Alpha), you can’t control whether emails are sent to you outside your work hours. But you can control when you read email and when you send email.
(2) Cf. (i) How many hours per week should you work to maximize your impact?, (ii) If you want to get more done, stop doing these things and (iii) How to stop email from ruining your vacation.
(3) Thank you Rachael Granby for the tip.

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