Published On: Wed, Jul 8th, 2015 on 3:32 pm

Out of hour emails tying Yorkshire staff down, study

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Nearly half of workers (44%) access work emails outside office hours – and almost a third (32%) say that doing so increases their stress, a healthcare specialist has revealed.

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Tying us down?

According to a study conducted by employee healthcare specialist PMI Health Group, professional pride is the biggest reason for sending emails outside of work (54%), closely followed by workload pressures (44%).

Of those Yorkshire workers checking emails out of hours, 90% say they do so in the evening and almost 31% do so while they’re on holiday.

Work-life boundaries becoming blurred

PMI Health Group Director, Mike Blake, said: “Mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets, is extending the workplace into employees’ homes and while this offers benefits for flexible working, it can also lead to work-life boundaries becoming blurred.

“This is clearly posing a risk to employee mental health and employers must be mindful of the potential consequences of this, from reduced productivity to stress-related sickness absence.”

Nationally, the study also revealed that younger workers are more inclined to access work emails out of hours than their older colleagues – 48% of those aged 25 to 34 do so, compared to 31% of those aged 45 to 54.

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