SF Gate/Technology/Reuters/Scott Morgan, 8/1/16."Employees are 'exhausted' by the constant need to check email after hours, study finds."
|"On" at work|
Typically, companies don't mean to stress employees out like that. Most companies don't have formal policies that say people must answer work emails after-hours, (except, perhaps, in cases where an employee is on call during specific times). But policies and culture tend to be two different things.
If supervisors routinely email employees after hours and expect a fast response (often because their supervisors are doing the same to them), then the message is clear: whenever the boss emails, the employee is expected to be available. The solution is for bosses to tell employees that an after-hours email doesn't necessarily require a response before the next work day, and to also set some times when after-hours emailing is considered acceptable and prohibited, such as no emails via the dinner hour, on weekends, or after 10 p.m., the researchers say."
|"On" anytime, all times|
Related articles. Time magazine/Health/Mandy Oaklander, 11/6/14, "Answering Emails After Work Is Bad For Your Health." Now, 52% of Americans check their e-mail before and after work, even when they take a sick day; ignoring email can seem more stressful than dashing off a quick response. But all that continuous connection comes at a cost to our health, finds new research published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. BBC/Hugh Schofield (Paris), 5/11/16, "The plan to ban work emails out of hours." Huffington Post, 5/25/16, "Weekend Work Emails Are Now Illegal In France."
Note photographs. Busy at work and sleeping from The Low-Down blog, 5/21/16: BBC magazine/Tom de Castella, 5/17/16, "France enacts ban on after-hours emails: could it work anywhere else?" The Economist reports, 5/15/16, "What it means to be part of the generation that doewsn't remember life before smartphones," from comments, The slack generation." Man talking on phone with bag by Famer Flynet from Daily Mail, 7/1/16,"Harrison Ford and wife Calista Flockhar...vacation."
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