Study:Email update is bad for your health
London based Future Work Centre study reveals that Smartphone email notifications are ‘a toxic source of stress’,and they recommend not having the email app running at all times according to the findings presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology annual meeting, in Nottingham. Future Work Centre conducts psychological research on workplace experiences, said emails were a “double-edged sword” of useful communication and stress.The path to happiness is to turn off notifications from your smartphone email app according to psychologists who says the technology puts people at the continuous beck and call of their emails has created a culture where people feel they must be constantly available for work, according to their research. As a result, an “unwritten organisational etiquette” has become ingrained in the workplace and employees have developed habits which are bad for their emotional well-being.Higher email pressure was associated with work having a negative effect on home life, and home life having a negative impact on performance at work.Lead researcher, Dr Richard MacKinnon, said: “Our research shows that email is a double-edged sword. Whilst it can be a valuable communication tool, it’s clear that it’s a source of stress or frustration for many of us.“The people who reported it being most useful to them also reported the highest levels of email pressure.
But the habits we develop, the emotional reactions we have to messages, and the unwritten organisational etiquette around email, combine into a toxic source of stress, which could be negatively impacting our productivity and wellbeing.” Email pressure was highest among younger people and steadily decreased with age.In 2014, 196.3bn emails were sent around the world.Researchers urges the users to seize control of their email, instead of being ruled by it saying “You may want to consider launching your email application when you want to use email, and closing it down for periods when you don’t wish to be interrupted by incoming emails. In other words, use email when you intend to, not just because it’s always running in the background.” Future Works Center surveyed 2,000 workers, across a range of industries and occupations in the UK, about the pros and cons of using email. Those working in IT, marketing, public relations, the internet and media were most affected by email stress. 30 percent of this group received more than 50 emails a day and 65% allowed their devices to update emails round the clock.Two of the most stressful habits were leaving email on all day and checking emails early in the morning and late at night. There was a “strong relationship” between use of the ‘push’ feature, which automatically updates emails on devices as soon as they arrive, and perceived email pressure.The average adult spent more than an hour a day consulting emails.You can read the full report here….