Not the work. Not the hours. Not the coworkers.
The friggin’ emails.
According to a recent survey, 51% of people say that EVERY time they get a work email, it “CRUSHES THEIR SOUL”.
Better than crushing their head, I suppose.
And while I also hate getting work emails, I wouldn’t say it “crushes my soul”.
However, I will take it a step further and say that getting work emails during “off hours” is a bit soul crushing.
After 5pm, just save that email as a draft & send it the following day.
And for the love of Christ, STOP SENDING WORK EMAILS ON THE WEEKEND!
It’s such a nuisance. And I know the response is typically, “well, don’t check your emails on the weekend”…..but is that even a possibility? I get dozens of other emails on the weekends from plenty of non-work sources that I like to check on.
And none of them darken a nice Saturday more than something from work.
In fact, another study found that “….expecting employees to answer emails after hours can be detrimental. Instead of improving efficiency, emails after hours hurt job performance….”
It’s one of the biggest faux-pas you can make as a manager/business owner.
Interrupting someone’s “me-time”/weekend with nonsensical work emails that can definitely wait until Monday.
But, a work email, while annoying and “soul-crushing”, is better than a Zoom meeting ANY day.