With the emergence of smart phones, more and more work tasks begin to enter people's non-working life. Perhaps the most annoying thing for modern white-collar workers after work is dealing with work emails or answering work phone calls. A new plan that whether companies should forbid their staff to send emails or text messages off their working hours especially weekends and holidays is being considered. Although some may say this policy is useless since workers have already been accustomed to working overtime, I still strongly believe that the implementation of the new plan will no doubt largely contribute to the increased satisfaction of the employees as a whole.
To begin with, taking employees’ actual needs after work into consideration, companies will definitely provide their employees with the sense of caring. Satisfaction does not relate to just the working settings, and salary levels within a company; other factors, such as the quality of vacation is just as crucial. Under the heavy workload, all the workers need relaxation time when they can spend time with their families and friends. On the contrary, when unwanted emails related to work stuff keep coming up during their recreation time, they may feel that their limited and precious holidays are distracted and thus get disappointed with their leaders or even the company. Therefore, once the company stops letting workers send work-related emails during holidays, they will show more loyalty and more commitment to the company.
In addition, requiring workers to accomplish tasks within working time will enhance the efficiency of the entire company. It is not hard to find that an increasing number of people now have procrastination towards work, since they are aware that if they cannot finish their tasks during workdays, they will continue to do it on weekends thanks to the advancement of Internet and portable devices. It goes without saying that the lack of deadline pressure will undeniably decrease the productivity. If companies prohibit workers from working through emails, employees are virtually required to complete their own tasks in the limited time period. Accordingly, people could fully enjoy their off-work time without thinking about work, and devote more time and energy to their work when getting back. Not only can the company raise the efficiency, but the workers can feel more motivated as well.
In fact, we humans are a kind of involuted animals with feelings, and everyone thinks differently. For a small proportion of young people who are extremely passionate about working, they may spend the majority of their time on work, and even prefer to work more at home during off-work time by sacrificing their spare time. However, a large portion of workers, including most of the young workers, share the same demand that is accompanying family members on holiday after all.
To sum up, in a bid to let the workers be more satisfied with their work, companies should absolutely put the new plan into practice.