Health Tips – After Work Hours You Should Not Access Your Work Email
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Responding to work email after work hours may seem like an increase in productivity. But it turns out, it is negatively impacting employee well-being.
A new study found a link between organizational after-hours email expectations and emotional exhaustion, which hinders work-family balance. The results suggest that modern workplace technologies may be hurting the very employees that those technologies designed to help. Using data collected from 365 working adults, look at the role of organizational expectation regarding ‘off’ hour emailing and find it negatively impacts employee emotional states. Leading to ‘burnout’ and diminished work-family balance, which is essential for individual health and well-being.
Email is notoriously knowing to be the impediment to the recovery process. Its accessibility contributes to the experience of work overload. Since it allows employees to engage in work as if they never left the workspace. And at the same time inhibits their ability to psychologically detach from work-related issues via continuous connectivity’. Interestingly, according to an advance research, it’s not the amount of time spent on work emails. But the expectation which drives the resulting sense of exhaustion. Due to anticipatory stress, defined as a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty as a result of perceived or anticipated threats, employees are unable to detach and feel exhausted regardless of the time spent on after-hours emails.
‘This suggests that organizational expectations can steal employee resources even when actual time not required because employees cannot fully separate from work,’. The expectation seems not to be explicit as a formal organizational policy. It can also set by normative standards for behavior in the organization. The organizational culture is created through what its leaders and members define as acceptable or unacceptable behavior. ‘Thus, if an organization perpetuates the ‘always on’ culture it may prevent employees from fully disengaging from work eventually leading to chronic stress’.
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