Whether or not you agree with the premise of having a law banning such emails it is an intriguing cultural attitude to take. For years those of us in the stress reducing business have urged clients and readers to turn off their electronic devices once they are at home in order to have time to detach from the work day, rest accordingly, connect with family and friends so they are ready to jump in again the next day.
Some European businesses actually turn off their servers at quitting time so employees are free from after work interruptions. Perhaps finally there is a bit of a push back against the 24/7 wired culture we have created and so addictively supported.
As someone who knows what it is like to live with a 24/7 on call status, I really appreciate the thinking behind these attempts to help people walk away from the stress of knowing any minute the phone could ring and life would be revving up instead of winding down for the night.
Studies show that we are more productive when we take a break in order to recharge ourselves. Other studies show that people who sleep with their electronic devices plugged in next to them do not sleep as well as those who don’t. And many of us don’t need a study to show us what constantly being plugged in to a smart phone, tablet or computer does to family life/social life/love life/spiritual life…
So, what do you do when you come in from work at night? Do you put your phones away? Do you turn off the work based email? Do you leave your work at work?
If you don’t unplug when you come home, try it for one week (if your profession allows it – Doctors take note!) and see what changes come about as a result. There will never be any type of work/life balance if work is a constant in your life.