A new study has found that checking work emails out of hours is bad for you.
The research, conducted by three US professors, looked at 297 working American adults and asked them about their attitudes towards email – particularly the expectations of being easy to reach out of the office. It found that our "always-on" culture meant that many were in a constant state of anxiety and that this was harming their emotional wellbeing.
"Email is notoriously known to be the impediment of the recovery process," said the study's authors. "Its accessibility contributes to experience of work overload since it allows employees to engage in work as if they never left the workspace and, at the same time, inhibits their ability to psychologically detach from work-related issues via continuous connectivity."
The findings come after France passed a new law granting workers the right to "switch off" after work, with no expectation to check emails.