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Are your team members still working at 10pm?

Have you ever done this?

As the boss you’re working in the evening, sending out late night emails to the team.

You expect them to read and reply in the morning. But five minutes after you send them, the replies come flooding in.

On first impression, you think what a great, hard-working team you have.

But when you think about it more deeply, you may realise that your people are feeling the pressure to be available and respond to emails immediately.

Even at 10pm.

And this can be really detrimental, for your team and for your business.

Here’s why this is a problem and what to do about it

Are your team still working at 10pm?

Have you noticed when your team work remotely, they often finish later than usual office hours?

It’s easy to keep working when your commute is just a few steps.

But the boss of Microsoft says we should be setting clear expectations for our people, that they don’t need to respond to late night emails or work at weekends.

Satya Nadella recently announced the results of an internal survey.

A third of Microsoft workers have a daily peak of work at 10pm.

Their average workday has increased by 46 minutes since the pandemic started. And time spent on out of hours work is up by 28 per cent.

Nadella says the best way to increase productivity is to look after your staff’s overall wellbeing.

An easy win is to make sure they’re not stressed by replying to emails late at night, when they should be relaxing or spending time with their family.

As the boss you can set an example. Instead of sending emails at night, schedule them to be sent the following morning.

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