Believe it or not, the key to getting a raise at work may come down to working less. That’s the theory behind detachment and segmentation, two popular concepts in organizational psychology. Detaching, according to human-performance management researcher Evangelina Demerouti, is when an “individual stops thinking about work and disengages mentally from work … and switches off from work-related matters and problems but also from the positive aspects of work.”
In a story for New York magazine, writer Drake Baer notes that people who are able to detach from their jobs are “less fatigued and in better moods, recover better from stresses, and get better sleep.” Segmentation meanwhile, is the practice of separating work from all other aspects of your life.
Baer argues that being segmented is healthier than someone who is “highly integrated,” and who tends to blur the lines between work and their outside lives. Baer also points out that having the ability to detach from work may ultimately be good for your career.
A recent study found that people who took less than 10 vacation days a year had a reduced chance of getting a raise or a bonus than people who took more than 10 days of vacation. The logic is that people who are are able to recharge their batteries tend to perform better at work than people who are constantly stressed.
“From the org-psych research, it looks like segmentation and detachment—along with, say, working out—is one of the best levers you have for maximizing your energy,” Baer writes, adding that we all need to refresh to keep on “crushing it.” We can’t argue with that.
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