Most American workers know the feeling of returning back to the office after what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, only to find an inbox full of emails waiting for them. This has even led some to feel the need to check emails while on their vacation. German’s Daimler AG is looking to change that now for over 100,000 of its German employees as it institutes a “Mail on Holiday” program.
Wilfried Porth, human resources and labor director at Daimler, said in a press release announcing the program that “employees who are on vacation should relax and not read business e-mails.”
The way the “mail on holiday” program works is that when an employee goes on vacation, any emails sent to their email address will automatically be deleted, and the sender will receive notification directing them to a better contact that can help them.
It is believed that a program like this not only helps employees take a more stress-free break from the office, but also ensures that business continues without interruption when they are gone.
“With ‘mail on holiday’, [employees] have a clean desk after the holidays and no congestion in their inbox. This is an emotional relief,” Porth explained.
A trial of the program was completed last summer, and other German companies have looked into similar programs for their employees.