We are a nation of “anti-slackers.” We may not be very engaged in our work (only 25% on average according to Gallup and others) but we are afraid of appearing less than fully committed to our jobs. So as a group we don’t take all the time off we should, even in the evening and on weekends. If the boss sends a weekend e-mail, we feel compelled to respond, even if it isn’t urgent. We don’t wish to appear either inattentive or disrespectful. We stay tuned in when we are supposed to be tuning work out!
You, as a boss need to understand that. More to the point, you need to resist the impulse to fire off communiques at all hours of the day and night, because this simply moves the mental burden of dealing with the tasks to your employee, even if they cannot act on it until they return to work. So, resist the impulse to push stuff off your plate. Keep it there until Monday morning. Give your employees the time to disconnect their brains and relax. After all, research confirms that rested employees are more productive employees!
Leaders manage communication flows in ways that help employees keep a healthy work-life balance.