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Out of office

This company has a radical new strategy for work emails on holiday

It’s called “DELETE ALL”

IF YOU RUN a business, or your work depends on electronic communication, you’ll know that the idea of “unplugging” on your holidays can be nothing more than a cruel joke.

When you know you’ll be greeted with a mountain of emails on your return, it can be hard to switch off and truly enjoy that rare time off that you deserve so much.

One company, however, has come up with a radical solution – just delete them all.

According to the Financial Times, German car manufacturer Daimler has announced that its 100,000 German workers will now have the option to automatically delete all of the emails they receive while they’re away.

The people who try to reach them will be sent what the company calls a “Mail on Holiday” response letting them know that their message will be deleted and giving them the contact information of a supervisor if it is urgent.

“Our employees should relax on holiday and not read work-related emails,” board member Wilfried Porth told the Financial Times.

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.

The company ran a trial of the “Mail on Holiday” program last year, and found that it helped employees feel happier and more productive in the long run.

While your employer might not be willing to let you delete all of your incoming emails while you’re on vacation, there are other strategies of managing your inbox.

For instance, you might want to set your out-of-office message for an additional day after you get back from your trip, that way you have some time to play catchup without feeling like you need to be responding to incoming messages right away.

Read: Struggling with email? Here’s how to make things easier for yourself>

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