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Escaping work emails over the holidays - how do AirTalk listeners unplug?

A man uses his smartphone on July 16, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
A man uses his smartphone on July 16, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
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After a string of national holidays and (hopefully) days off from work, it’s time to return to the one nagging phenomenon that never takes a break: your unread work emails.

If your soul dies a little each time you see that dreaded inbox count on your screen build up without mercy, you're not alone. The Washington Post reported a New Year law that goes into effect in France, where many employees now have the “right to disconnect,” meaning they can legally ignore work emails when off the clock without fear of retaliation from their boss or colleagues.

But maybe for you, clocking out doesn’t mean officially disconnecting - some of those emails just can’t wait until the next morning or over the weekend. How do you balance your work life and rest life? Were you able to unplug during the holidays? Or if you prefer to stay connected, why and how?