Stressful morning? The Walk of Life Project can help!

I woke up this morning to an abrupt noise in the bedroom, decided now that I was now up I might as well let Minnie out, went into my office and discovered she’d trumped all over the crate.

So I got the residue out of my office, hosed it down, and will finish cleaning that up later in the day. Not how I envisioned spending any part of my Saturday.

Fortunately, the Walk of Life Project is there to help reduce stress:

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More on how email makes us unhappier and less productive

But there’s hope.

At Bandwidth, a tech company with 300-plus employees, CEO David Morken grew tired of feeling only half-present when he was at home with his six children, so he started encouraging his staff to unplug during their leisure time and actually prohibited his vacationing employees from checking email at all—anything vital had to be referred to colleagues. Morken has had to sternly warn people who break the vacation rule; he asks his employees to narc on anyone who sends work messages to someone who’s off—as well as those who sneak a peek at their email when they are supposed to be kicking back on a beach. “You have to make it a firm, strict policy,” he says. “I had to impose it because the methlike addiction of connection is so strong.”

Once his people got a taste of totally disconnected off-time, however, they loved it. Morken is convinced that his policy works in the company’s self-interest: Burned-out, neurotic employees who never step away from work are neither productive nor creative.

Are You Checking Work Email in Bed? At the Dinner Table? On Vacation?