LONDON — Sir Richard Branson probably isn’t your boss. But if he was, he’d tell you to unplug for a moment, maybe even two.
Virgin, the British multinational company founded by Branson, recently instituted a new requirement that some of its employees turn off email for two hours a week in a bid to improve their wellbeing and creativity.
The policy comes as companies are coming under fire for creating environments in which workers are expected to be plugged in almost all the time.
The policy, which has been running since June, sees around 200 employees at Virgin Management in the U.S. and the UK getting away from their desks each Wednesday morning — from 10 a.m. to noon — to take part in brainstorming sessions, walking meetings and even running clubs. Read more…