Finding the right balance between work and personal time can be tough, but it’s especially challenging when the e-mail from the office never stops. Even when the volume of off-hours messages isn’t enough to be a serious time drain, it still interrupts personal time. So can just the nagging thought that an e-mail from the boss is likely to show up take a toll? New research shows just that.
The new findings may be a wake-up call for employers. After all, if employees are suffering “anticipatory stress” that leads to burnout, an employer’s desire for higher productivity may be better served—at least most of the time—by pulling the plug on e-mail to workers who have already put in their day.