It’s a fantastic feeling seeing the clock hit home time and setting your Out of Office (OOO) reply to ‘on’, knowing that at least for a while, you won’t have to be shackled to your inbox, replying to every repetitive message that comes your way.
Despite being an absolutely essential tool in business, the monotony of the constantly refilling work inbox is symptomatic of the ‘always on’ culture that’s so prevalent in a lot of companies. The obligation to reply ASAP, to check your incoming messages every five minutes – and even the temptation – or obligation – to check it outside of the workday.
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