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Big businesses learning to allow employees to switch-off for a while

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Major companies such as Goldman Saks and Volkswagen have begun measures to cut down on white-collar worker burnout by cutting off some employees’ e-mails after normal business hours, as well as instigating “black-out” weeks to enable them to “escape from work” for awhile and relax.

Lest, you think, however, that this is a move to create “kinder, gentler” workplaces, the moves are as much for the companies benefits as well as their employees, business is beginning to acknowledge the downside of creating atmospheres that compel them to always be connected via laptops, iphones and tablets wherever they are, including dinner, while in bed, or even on vacations, over fear that they might lose their jobs if not readily available.

In fact, Goldman has decided to hire first-year analysts as permanent employees instead of hiring them on a contract basis in an attempt to prevent early career burnout as they try to prove themselves. It is also moving to encourage them to take the weekends off.

“The goal is for our analysts to want to be here for a career,” stated the company’s global head of investment banking David Solomon.

Rested workers, who can have a life outside of the office, are far more productive in the long run according to psychologists like Cary Cooper, a professor of organized psychology and health at London’s Lancaster University.

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