Do yourself…and your family….a big favor. When you leave work for the day, leave it ALL behind; your health could depend on it.
According to Virginia Tech University and Pamplin Business College researchers, people who check work emails after they’ve left the office and as soon as they wake up underestimate just how bad it is for their health and relationships.
Study co-author William Becker explains, “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.” This anxiety was found to extend to partners and children as well. He adds that there’s growing evidence that ‘flexible work boundaries’ type of situations often turn into ‘work without boundaries’, where bosses assume staff will never switch off. Becker says policies that reduce expectations to monitor electronic communication outside of work would be the ideal fix for the issue.
Do you take a peek at work emails during off hours? This might be food for thought… ~ Jason