I recently read an interesting article in the Chicago Tribune entitled Companies Urging Employees to Stop After-Hours Emails (www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-companies-urging-workers-to-avoid-afterhours-email-20120921,0,507363.story). In reading this, I became aware of the fact that more and more employees are spending their time answering emails and doing work after hours.
The more time an employee spends at work, the more time they will spend doing work at home. That’s basically the main point I got from this article. For companies this is a great event because it has many advantages. If a person is spending all their time working and sending emails, they in turn, will be great assets to the company because of their knowledge. However, economists, as well as, the general public believe that employees who take their work home with them tend to feel more pressured and tired. According to the article, the productivity index in the workplace is up 2.6% since last year.
After reading this article I began to think of all the drawbacks of bringing work home. Constant fatigue and pressure can really add to lack of performance and negative attitudes towards work.
I run a maintenance company and it isn’t uncommon for me to be answering emails until the late hours. Bringing my work home with me is inevitable. The constant pressure and lack of time in the day to answer every email and every call has lead to late nights catching up on work. I can understand why some companies are requiring this change for its employees.
Does anyone think that bringing work home causes more pressure and negative views of the job? Could this cause an increased turnover rate in companies? Is anyone dealing with this at their own jobs?