There have been plenty of stories about the always on nature of the worklife many people lead now that technology makes them reachable anywhere, anytime. Now eWeek is running a similar story that tries to look more at the importance of disconnecting, and suggests that, while this always on culture is enabled by technology, it's more a result of the way we view our workplace. While the whole idea of building up a work team is so that it can function without you present, people often have difficulty letting go -- either because they don't trust others, or they worry that if everything runs smoothly while they're away, they'll be viewed as expendable. Obviously, there are some situations where staying in touch is necessary. However, for plenty of workers, learning to let go (with maybe a brief connection to clean out the spam) would probably be helpful.
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