Want a Productive Team? Never Do This…

Genevieve Fish

According to Harvard Business Review, “After-hours emails speed up corporate cultures—and that, in turn, chips away at creativity, innovation, and true productivity.” When you are a boss, you dictate the flow of the workday, and most importantly, you lead by example. If you’re sending emails late into the night, it causes your team to feel like they should be working too—even if it’s 2 a.m.

There is a fine line between a high performer and a workaholic. A high performer is connected during off-hours when the business is especially chaotic and needs extra attention. A workaholic never disconnects. If you want to be an effective leader, it’s imperative that you keep some distance between you and your work. Disconnecting every night ensures that you start each morning with a fresh perspective. It also means that your employees don’t feel chained to the office 24/7.

So the next time you have an idea at 1 a.m. (we’re looking at you, night owls), draft an email. But please don’t hit send. Wait until the morning. Limiting your email communication to working hours (or at least waking hours) is a sign of respect for your team and, in the long run, proves more productive.

To learn more about the downfalls of nighttime emailing, visit Harvard Business Review.

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What do you do when you get an idea in the middle of the night? Do you email? Write it down? Just go back to sleep? Share how you handle your moments of midnight inspiration with us in the comments. 

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