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.

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.”

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.

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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.

“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.

Here are more reactions to Kamath’s decision:

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