Why Unplugging at Work Is Good

By George Khoury, Esq. on October 08, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

When it comes to unplugging, most people think off-the-grid vacationing in the mountains, or on some remote beach. After all, unplugging from work on vacation is really important.

But, unplugging while at work can be good for business in a lot of different scenarios that don't involve getting lost in the woods with your co-workers when you only have enough provisions for the next two hours. Some companies value the benefit from employees taking time off so much that taking vacation is mandatory, but not many companies encourage unplugging while on company time.

However, below, you can read about a few of the times when you should unplug while trying to get work done.

Focus on a Project

If you need to focus on your work, turning off your phone and turning off your internet connection could go a long way in preventing distractions. While it may be simple enough to turn either back on (especially when you need to access online tools for your project), if you get in the zone, you won't have to worry about any of those pesky notifications popping up to distract you.

Focus on a Person

When you sit down to meet with a potential client, or even a friend, family member, or colleague, cutting out those online distractions can transform those brief moments into quality time. Focusing on the people you get to spend time with, rather than on your screen, will help to improve your interpersonal relationships, which in turn can improve your business relationships.

Focus on Yourself

When it comes to employee satisfaction, taking some personal time to take care of yourself during the day is good for business. And for many employees, selectively unplugging from work for lunch, or for a couple breaks throughout the day, can help maintain that healthy work-life balance that keeps people more productive, and, generally, happier.

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