Should Email On Weekends Be Banned?
For the average working person, switching off work at the end of the day is a relief and joy.
But experts say we’re increasingly failing to do so, instead bringing leftover work home with us and fielding emails during our personal time. Unsurprisingly, this routine has some negative consequences, according to a BBC feature.
Working excessively long hours has long been linked with depression, anxiety and even coronary heart disease. Significantly, the importance of weekend recovery has also been linked with weekly job performance and personal initiative. While further research revealed psychological detachment during off-work time, reduced emotional exhaustion caused by high job demands and helped people stay engaged.
So why are we still letting work spill over to our weekends? Not everyone wants to switch off email at the end of the workday.
“It started when I lacked experience, I feared I might miss important information,” says Romain Gonord, a technical expert for Smile, an IT service provider with offices across France. “Now, it is a reflex, like checking my Facebook or Twitter timeline.”
The BBC story says, "Some feel this shift is just a natural evolution of the workplace and a result our stubborn inability to unplug. Others find it more sinister."