Overwork

End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email

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News Article
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End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email
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New York Times

"Limiting workplace email seems radical, but it’s a trend in Germany, where Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom have adopted policies that limit work-related email to some employees on evenings and weekends. If this can happen in precision-mad, high-productivity Germany, could it happen in the United States? Absolutely. It not only could, but it should."

Why Don't Americans Take Vacation

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Why Don't Americans Take Vacation
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New York Times
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Jerry A. Jacobs

Contributions by John De Graf, Ellen Bravo, Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn and Bruce Elliott

Where the Five-Day Workweek Came From

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News Article
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Where the Five-Day Workweek Came From
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The Atlantic

It's a relatively new invention—is it time to shave another day off?

Germany Considers Ban on After-hours Office Communications to Workers

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News Article
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Germany Considers Ban on After-hours Office Communications to Workers
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Impact Lab

A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law.

Work+Family Summary: August 2014

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Newsletter
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Work+Family Summary: August 2014
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My Family Care

In this month's summary, Ben Black looks at Daimler's holiday emails policy, gender pay gap findings, and snowplough parents (the worst, apparently)

Unpredictable Work Hours Are Stressing Too Many People Out

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Blog
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Unpredictable Work Hours Are Stressing Too Many People Out
Source: 
Harvard Business Review Blog Network

Give Your Organization A Work-Life Vision

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Blog
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Give Your Organization A Work-Life Vision
Source: 
Harvard Business Review
Name/Organization of Person Posting (optional): 
Monique Valcour, EDHEC Business School

Work-life policies don't help to address work overload, which is what I like to call "the third rail of work-life." In order to make progress on preventing work overload, leaders need to realize that work-life is about stewardship of the energy of their workforce, not something that has to be fit in when business cycles allow.

Why TED Has Given All Of Its Employees A Mandatory Two-Week Summer Vacation

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News Article
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Why TED Has Given All Of Its Employees A Mandatory Two-Week Summer Vacation
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Fast Company

Here's an idea worth spreading: Enforced time off. Now, go share this with your boss.

Are you a ‘Work Martyr?’

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News Article
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Are you a ‘Work Martyr?’
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Washington Post

"Never take vacation? Dread the pile up of work if you do? Feel no one can do your job if you leave? That you’re indispensable? Or worse, do you worry that if you take a break, no one will think you really are?"

Daimler Employees Can Set Emails to Auto-Delete During Vacation

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News Article
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Daimler Employees Can Set Emails to Auto-Delete During Vacation
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The Atlantic

Workers can look forward to coming back to an inbox exactly as they'd left it

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