- IT firm Software Computers developed a fun way to get staff to leave work on time, per Reuters.
- It made a pop-up message to warn staff that their computers will shut down in 10 minutes.
- The notification says their shift is over and to “please go home” to help their work-life balance.
An IT firm in India has taken drastic action to help staff achieve a better work-life balance.
It’s installed software that displays a pop-up message telling workers that their computers will shut down in 10 minutes when their day is done, Reuters reported.
“Warning!!! Your shift time is over. The office system will shut down in 10 mins. PLEASE GO HOME,” the message says.
Tanvi Khandelwal, an employee at Software Computers, shared a photo on LinkedIn of the notification, which has had more than 425,000 reactions. “This is not a promotional and imaginary post! This is the reality of our office,” she wrote.
She added: “My employer supports #WorkLifeBalance. They put this special reminder, which locks my desktop after business hours and issues a warning. NO MORE CALLS AND MAILS OUTSIDE OF BUSINESS HOURS!!”
A Software Computers representative told Insider that it had deployed the pop-up messages to help its staff.
Another employee, Kritika Dubey, told Asian News International (ANI) that the notifications have helped her leave the office on time and meet her non-work responsibilities.
“The thought behind this is providing employees a good work-life balance so that they can spend time with their families and loved ones,” co-founder Ajay Golani told ANI.
CEO Shweta Shukla told BBC News that the pop-up notification was intended to help its 40 employees find a better work-life balance after they started putting in longer hours during the pandemic.
The company installed the software about six months ago, Shukla said, and decided on the pop-up message because it was better than a “boring memo or email.” Some staff initially thought they were being hacked or pranked, per the report.