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The Benefits of Leaving Work at Work

2/14/2013
The Benefits of Switching Off

In a day and age when our lives are busier and more hectic than ever, it seems almost impossible to find a balance. Americans are working longer hours, with less paid time off, while still trying gain more quality family time and the elusive “me time”.

Though we know it isn’t always possible, there are a few simple steps you can start to incorporate into your daily schedule that you may find helpful:

1. Make a “To Do List” for the next day
2. Power down your computer
3. Turn off your phone

This is easier said than done, but a concerted effort can yield very surprising results. Sabine Sonnentag, a professor at the University of Mannheim, recently published a paper that shows the ways in which switching off can be beneficial:

Psychological detachment from work during leisure time refers to a state in which people mentally disconnect from work and do not think about job-related issues when they are away from their job. Empirical research has shown that employees who experience more detachment from work during off-hours are more satisfied with their lives and experience fewer symptoms of psychological strain, without being less engaged while at work. Studies have demonstrated that fluctuations in individuals’ psychological detachment from work can explain fluctuations in their affective states, and have identified positive relations between detachment from work during off-hours and job performance.

Disconnecting from technology, can help connect you with friends, family and yourself.