Zerodha, a Bangalore-based financial services company, officially stopped all work-related charts after 6pm every day and all day during holidays. In the past few years, several companies and employers have admitted that working long hours may harm employees’ mental health and productivity. Therefore, they have also taken steps to solve this problem in their own way. While some people prioritize the mental health of their employees, others take steps to ensure that no one needs to work more than their working hours. Nithin Kamath, the founder and CEO of Zerodha, also noticed this problem and decided to terminate the work-related dialogue after office hours.
On May 6, Kamath wrote on Twitter: “At Zerodha, we just cancelled all work-related chats after 6 pm and holidays. Also, try to make as many conversations as possible asynchronous Conversation, transfer it from the chat to our internal @discourse instance.” He ended the tweet, saying that he was curious whether this would help reduce burnout.
At Zerodha, we just cancelled all work-related chat records after 6 pm and holidays.At the same time try to make as many conversations as possible asynchronous conversations and transfer them from the chat to our internal instance @Discourse. I am curious to see if this helps to reduce the feeling of burnout and brain frying. 1/2
-Nithin Kamasi (@Nithin0dha) May 6, 2021
In another tweet, referring to the discussion about the startup accelerator platform Y Combinator, Kamaz said: “Obviously, multitasking can damage performance and may even damage the brain. After WFH, participate in different topics in different chat groups at the same time. Part of the multiple discussions is growing exponentially.”
Obviously, multitasking can hurt performance and possibly even the brain (check the link below).
Participating in multiple discussions on different topics in different chat groups at the same time (multitasking) on WFH has grown exponentially. https://t.co/iZxIjg7qsR
-Nithin Kamasi (@Nithin0dha) May 6, 2021
User Shakaijin wrote on Y Combinator that he has noticed the impact of multitasking on him, and now he is actively taking measures to avoid this. Users initially thought that multitasking could improve efficiency by filling in the downtime in certain tasks, “but soon I became a person who couldn’t pay attention to anything in depth,” Shakaijin said.
The user added: “One day, I noticed that I couldn’t read a book like I did when I was a kid (for example, on a sitting table), which shocked me. Now, I have a rule, I only do one Thing, and only start other tasks after the previous task is completed. This applies to both productive work (learning, programming, etc.) and entertainment activities (YouTube, books, etc.).”
Another user Hobberscotch (professional engineer) talked about facing similar problems at work. “I am a data engineer. When writing a new script to extract data, the testing process sometimes involves waiting 15 minutes to an hour (or longer) to extract all the data. Sometimes, I start an item in the middle of the testing process. New task. Pull, or, if I want only a few minutes, I will turn on the phone. However, once the pull data is complete, I need to jump back and verify it one last time,” the user wrote.
Twitter user Sarath (@sarat), a professional engineer, said that they have been following similar agreements since 2019. Use zoom/call appropriately-faster than chat. Choose core time and make sure there is overlap. “The user wrote.
We have been following similar agreements since 2019.
Less time, fewer meetings, longer commute time (base camp). Use zoom/call appropriately-faster than chat. Choose core time and make sure there is overlap.
—Sarah (Sarah 👨💻🧘♂️) (@sarat) May 6, 2021
“This is an amazing move. It is this kind of thinking that makes you a unicorn. Everyone is too focused on working long hours, and often doing work and forgetting the long-term loss of short-term results. Just like investing, This will help in the long term,” another user Kushal (@Kushal_sh) wrote.
It’s an amazing move…it’s this kind of thinking that makes you a unicorn…everyone focuses on work for a long time, and is often engaged in work, but forgets the long-term price of short-term results…just Like investing, it will help in the long run
-Kushal (@Kushal_sh) May 6, 2021
Here are more reactions to Kamath’s decision:
Nithin, you are creating (hopefully coming soon) standards for the world to reshape workspaces. Keep working hard and hope that more Indian companies will follow suit!
-Useful idiot (@Useful_idjit) May 6, 2021
In addition, only hold meetings when absolutely necessary. Keeping the maximum time limit for the meeting (unless one of the brainstorming sessions) and clearly outlining the end goal will help.
— Vijeet Kittoor (@Vijeetk) May 6, 2021
A lot of work changes need to be made.If the communication is asynchronous, it doesn’t matter if the deadline is 6 pm… ppl may respond when it feels most productive at work
-Ashish Rai (@ashishrai188) May 6, 2021
You are a trendsetter. indeed!
-Captain Cibige George (@cibigeorge) May 6, 2021
Great. A slightly wider window usually helps to make it more “practical”. I think anyway, you have refined ideas. Good protagonist.
-axayg (@axayg) May 7 2021