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Banning out-of-hours email likely to be harmful to some employees

October 18, 2019

A study by the University of Sussex has found that implementing a blanket ban on sending emails out of work hours could damage employee wellbeing.

Preventing staff from sending or receiving emails at the weekend has been proposed as a method to combat burnout, but the research suggests that employees with high levels of neuroticism or anxiety could end up feeling more stressed if their inbox is allowed to build up.

Governments and firms on the continent have been proactive in cutting down email overload. Companies in France with more than 50 employees legally have to establish timeframes for when employees are allowed to send emails, while Lidl and Volkswagen have both restricted use during the evenings and weekends.

The University of Sussex Business School’s Emma Russell suggests flexibility when implementing policies. There is no-one-size fits all approach when it comes to employee wellbeing.

Source: University of Sussex https://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/49975

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