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Employees Allowed to Disable Email Outside of Work Hours with Enforced Vacation

Monday, November 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maggie Reber-Wynn
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The separation of work and personal life isn’t an abstract idea anymore.

 Boulder, CO: Windward Studios, a small reporting software company, has released Enforced Vacation which, implemented company wide, stops employees from emailing outside of specified hours. When work begins the next morning, the held emails are delivered. Media, labor rights groups, and employees have voiced concerns over employers requiring work outside of normal hours. Organizations benefit from improved workplace conditions, committed employees, and a better culture. 

With email bans in France and Germany, and no competing solutions, Enforced Vacation is poised for success. Studies have shown email use outside of work increases stress, lowers productivity, and is.
 “Every third person feels being constantly available is a burden on health” – WSJ 

Why would an organization reduce their employees working time? 
• Improve morale 
• Increase job satisfaction 
• Strengthen employees’ commitment to the organization
• Increased productivity
• Reduction in absenteeism, presenteeism and employee turnover 
- APA Center for Organizational Excellence CONCERNS 

The biggest concerns facing Enforced Vacation are employees missing vital information and being unable to work. With customizable filters and levels of user permissions an organization can choose when someone works, or leave it up to them. Keyword filtering allows for targeted emails to be delivered (ex. Projects, time sensitive keywords, urgency). The service can be toggled on and off to start or end work anytime. PRICING Enforced Vacation is free for the first month. After this, it cost $1/user/month. 

ABOUT US Enforced Vacation is a new software offering from Windward Studios. David Thielen, CTO/Founder of Windward Studios saw his employees working too hard – one answering support tickets on the way into surgery, and decided a change was needed. He saw a growing demand internationally and in the media for this service, and so he created it. With a successful software company backing his ideas, Enforced Vacation came to be. 

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