Managing Emails May Be Bad For Your Health

Posted: Jan 6 2016, 7:12am CST | by , Updated: Jan 6 2016, 7:04pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Managing Emails may be Bad for Your Health
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  • Sorting your e-mail can be stressful
  • How you manage your emails can damage your health

Researchers say that sorting and handling habits of email in a person are indicators of stress that have been recorded.

Email is the best way of communication when it comes to corporate setting. It’s official, it’s formal and it’s your identity in the tech world.

You need your email id to register for online outlets and contact everyone in your life in a meaningful and comprehensive way. No matter how many social apps come with no matter how many features, email is the best way to communicate still.

How we manage that email is totally up to us. According to Dr Richard MacKinnon from the Future Work Centre the volumetric number of emails causes stress among individuals.

According to the doctors how we handle our email is a well-intentioned habits and facilitates our need to feel in control which totally backfires on us in this case.

In their research, The Future Work Centre asked nearly 2,000 working people across a variety of industries, sectors and job roles in the UK about their experience of using email.

The research explored whether factors such as technology, behavior, demographics and personality played a role in people's perception of email pressure. The results suggest that many people have developed some bad habits when it comes to managing email. 

In the results, nearly half of the people that were surveyed have emails automatically sent to their inbox and 62 per cent left their email on all day.

The people who checked email early in the morning and late at night are usually of the opinion that they are getting ahead, but in reality they could be making things worse. The study showed that these habits were linked to higher levels of stress and pressure.

Dr Richard MacKinnon said that the people who report email being most useful to them also reported the highest levels of email pressure.

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 well-being.

The key findings of the research will be presented tomorrow, Thursday 7 January 2016, at the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology annual conference in Nottingham.

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