News: Daimler offers employees chance to have holiday emails auto-deleted

Mercedes owner tells employs to relax


HOLIDAYS ARE for relaxing with a piña colada or two… or three. Yet sometimes it’s impossible to escape the incessant beeping of work email notifications. If you prefer to switch off completely it may be time to send your CV to Daimler.

The German parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart is allowing employees to choose to have any emails sent to them while on holiday automatically deleted.

Daimler employees can now set their out of office emails to say that they are on holiday and the email has been deleted, before offering another contact for urgent business requests.

“Our employees should relax on holiday and not read work-related emails,” said Wilfried Porth, a board member for Daimler’s human resources. “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 trialled the scheme last year. Recent feedback from recipients of the email has been “99% positive”, it claims.

Managers are also encouraged to set a good work-life balance as well as ensuring there is a time during the day when no meetings are scheduled. All this is to “safeguard (workers’) performance in the long run”.

Reports that senior personnel at The Sunday Times have been notified of Daimler’s move are unconfirmed.

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