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Disconnecting from work refers to being able to stop doing paid work and not being obligated to respond to work requests outside of established hours. Some examples of disconnecting are:
Being able to remain in contact with your workplace outside of a physical location or building is possible now due to information and communication technology (e.g., high-speed internet, wireless communication, cellphones, etc.). The ability to work anywhere and anytime with relative ease has caused the boundaries between being “at work” and “not at work” to blur. Before this technology was widely available, workplace communication occurred mostly at a common location during defined hours.
Each person can be affected differently based on factors such as frequency and duration of work, the nature of the job, etc. Having uninterrupted personal time away from work stressors allows your body and mind the opportunity to relax and recover. An individual who does not sufficiently disconnect may experience any combination of the following:
An organization that does not allow their workers to sufficiently disconnect may experience more:
The benefits of workers being able to disconnect may include:
Organizations can encourage all employees to disconnect by establishing a policy that outlines when and how to disengage from work activities or communications. The disconnecting policy may stand alone, or may be included as part of a comprehensive workplace health and safety policy .
Each workplace is unique, and policies should reflect the needs of that workplace. Common elements of a policy regarding disconnecting from work include:
When developing the policy:
The employer or management can: