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Daimler employees can auto-delete emails during vacation

The latest in inbox overload, and therefor inbox management: having your inbox auto-delete emails when on vacation. This is the case for Daimler employees in Germany.

It really is like pausing your email communication: leaving for vacation and coming back and having no new emails. No looking at work email from your vacation address anymore: just leave it alone, new email will be delivered when you’re back.

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Daimler, which is best known for producing Mercedes cars and trucks, has about 100,000 employees. All of them can set their inboxes to auto-delete emails during their vacation. The sender will then receive a ‘mail on holiday’ notification and gets the option to contact a substitute person.

Quoting Wilfried Porth of the HR division of Daimler:

“Our employees should relax on holiday and not read work-related emails,” said Wilfried Porth, board member for human resources. “With ‘Mail on Holiday’ they start back after the holidays with a clean desk. There is no traffic jam in their inbox. That is an emotional relief.”

I case you are someone who checks their work email on vacation or worse, -has- to check their work email on vacation: point to this article with the hint to roll out a similar process at your office.

There’s still a big difference between work and private: you need private time to relax, recharge and do private things. Family, friends, children and everything else: it allows you to detach from work and refresh.

If you don’t get that downtime, especially when on vacation, your work keeps invading private life when it shouldn’t.

I hope to see other companies follow suit and introduce similar ways of having clean inboxes after vacations: an excellent start after a break which is supposed to get you off work, and on suspended mode.

Read more on the story at The Atlantic here: source

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