Do you have to spend hours wading through hundreds of emails when you return from vacation? So much for the stress reduction you’ve just achieved.

Car and truck maker Daimler is giving its employees in Germany a new vacation option: auto delete.

About 100,000 Daimler employees can choose to have their incoming email permanently obliterated while on vacation.

“To bring good input into the company you need also to rest and you need breaks,” says Daimler spokesman Oliver Wihofszki. He says employees should return to work motivated and with a fresh spirit, so they “don’t have to think,‘Oh my God, I have to read 576 emails.'”

There is an auto-reply message that goes out to senders for including an emergency contact, along with the cheery sign-off: “I appreciate your understanding!”

(READ or LISTEN to the story at Marketplace Business Report)

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