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Responding to work emails after office hours may be damaging to your health

Responding to work emails after office hours may be damaging to your health

Does your boss expect you to be ever- available on emails or phone for official work? If yes, remember that this is causing harm to you and your relationships- no, we aren’t the only ones saying it but a study has proven this.  Stress caused by bosses or organizations that lead to personal and professional strain is a grim reality today.

Expectations to stay available all the time for official purposes are “an insidious stress or that not only increases employee anxiety, decreases their relationship satisfaction and has detrimental effects on employee health, but it also negatively affects their partner’s health and marital satisfaction perceptions,” said Liuba Belkin, Associate Professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, US in a study. This study was presented at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting,Chicago.

“The competing demands of work and non-work lives present a dilemma for employees, which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives,” added William Becker, Associate Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US.

An example to follow