Avoid stress – turn off your email

Leaving email on all day and checking emails out of the office contribute to stress.

A survey of 2000 workers by the psychological research group, Future Work Centre, in London has found that leaving email on all day and checking emails early in the morning or late at night are two of the habits that most contribute to stress.

The research found that pressure to check emails out of working hours had a negative effect on home life, and in turn, had a negative impact on a person’s performance at work.

Lead author Dr Richard Mackinnon praised email as a valuable communication tool but suggested the research showed that users need to seize control of their email, instead of being ruled by it. “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” said Dr Mackinnon.

“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.” said Dr Mackinnon.

Are you finding that constant access to email is impacting on your stress levels?

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    5th Jan 2016
    10:22am
    Stress is what you make it. You couldn't get to that ringing phone before before it stopped, and there's no message left? No big deal - if it's important they'll phone back. It's the same thing with emails. People have conditioned themselves to being slaves to electronic communications. If there is no fire there is no hurry.
    Troubadour
    5th Jan 2016
    11:19am
    I agree - stress is what you make it yourself. Why would leaving your email on all day or checking it whenever cause stress?
    I leave mine on and just check it as needed - there is no STRESS connected to it- often the opposite - delight at seeing someting I was looking forard to.
    FrankC
    5th Jan 2016
    12:01pm
    I agree absolutely with fast Eddie and Troubador. We always say, if it's important, they'll call back. Funny how the "Overseas Private number" (after checking who it was ) never seems to call back !! :). Family we call back. But there definitely is never any stress ! Weird.
    Peterrj
    5th Jan 2016
    5:44pm
    I leave my Emails on the time just to see if Mick will say something different other than to say 'vote for an Independant who supports Labor'!!!! But that is only adding to my stress levels waiting for that day. What should I do????
    particolor
    5th Jan 2016
    11:49am
    STRESS ?? Well No !! :-) Pick out the ones You want, and Solicited ones and put them in a folder for later ! Now as for the rest there's a square box on the front of each of them, put a tick in it and Push DELETE !! All gone Happy Again !! :-) :-) Do the lot in bulk, its quicker ! :-)
    Charlie
    5th Jan 2016
    12:14pm
    I would much rather be interrupted by emails than be interrupted by the telephone. At least there is a choice of bypassing the emails but a string of phone calls can burn up half a day and leave no evidence of work being done.
    There are a number of businesses and government departments who insist on dealing with every matter by telephone, once known as the interpersonal approach. However this method also reduces accountability because there is no record of what transpired and what things were agreed upon.
    Stress can develop when a person is not permitted the flexibility to approach the job in a way that best suits their skills. For example some people are quite happy to be taking telephone calls and reading email at the same time. Others need to be focused on either one job or the other.
    Fortunately in retirement I don't have the same stresses but I still get interrupted by telemarketing and heaps of junk email that all has to be read, in case there is an old friend trying to get in touch from an unfamiliar address.
    Peterrj
    5th Jan 2016
    5:53pm
    Charlie, you 'have to read your junk mail'??? That's like me saying I have to drink all my wine!!! I am addicted to buying wine and can't resist a bargain. Without naming names, I bought three bottles of gold Medal wine today for a total of $33 and was given three free bottles of the same wine PLUS I was also given (free) a magnum of red valued at $32. Now what do I do???? Ahhhh!!! The stress is getting to me!!!!!
    KSS
    5th Jan 2016
    9:41pm
    You know what they say Peterrj, a problem shared is a problem halved........
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    12:30am
    KSS, what a Brilliant reply!
    Jennome
    6th Jan 2016
    9:49am
    Peterrj - please name names ! Who's offering such great deals?
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    11:21am
    Coles Liquorand in NSW. Which is not the normal place for a bargain! Zilzie Gold Shiraz goes for $11 plus a free one X 3 with a docket. But any $30 in wine gets you a free Yellow Label Wolf Blass Magnum for free! they also have Penfold's Retreat 2 for $10 plus the Magnum. Not great wine but good value for the money!
    KSS
    5th Jan 2016
    12:52pm
    Oh for goodness sake! Talk about self-inflicted angst! ALL e-mail, and especially those used at work have a button you can click to turn off the pop-up notifications. USE IT! Then schedule time once or twice a day to check emails. Sort the wheat from the chaff, delete the chaff and deal with the rest. That's it. Simple!

    The real 'issue' is that there seems to be a competition running these days to see who can out-busy the next person. So they engage in 'busy-ness' not productivity and how better than to spend hours on unnecessary reply all 'thanks' e-mails?
    zeus
    5th Jan 2016
    4:49pm
    Totally agree with all your comments. We shouldn't allow ourselves to become slaves to electronic media. What's the rush? After all there are things like answering machines and message banks available. Let them work for you. If it is an important call you'd know from 'caller ID' whether or not to answer it. As for 'everybody's favourites' the telemarketers, well, usually if you can't ID the caller let them leave a message...they never do! Don't get caught in time consuming useless conversations. What I found very effective, as soon as the caller identifies him/herself, I simply say, 'hang on, I'm on another call' and walk away putting them on hold indefinitely! That takes care of them... I also found that 90% of emails are not terribly important anyway so they don't need to be answered straight away. So, once the bulk of unsolicited marketing emails is deleted, usually there's only a small number of emails from friends, most of them jokes etc. being forwarded i.e.'Not important'. That leaves one or maybe two important messages that may need to be dealt with. It is just a matter of being ruthless withe the 'Delete' button. Why stress? Nothing is Life and Death!
    particolor
    5th Jan 2016
    5:07pm
    I never answer the Home phone and have it on Short Ring ! All My friends and anyone else have My Mobile Number ! :-) The Home phone rarely ring now I think they've got the Message ? :-)
    Peterrj
    5th Jan 2016
    6:07pm
    Zeus, it appears that you have beaten the stress of your birth and troubled childhood.
    zeus
    5th Jan 2016
    8:44pm
    Hey Peterrj, I don't really remember much about my birth, but I can tell you Childhood was wonderfully stress and trouble free...however, we all learn from mistakes, don't we? And stress is the last thing we need this time of our lives. Enjoy a good laugh my friend, cheers!
    Peterrj
    5th Jan 2016
    9:19pm
    Zeus, you were born to be eaten by your father like he did with your siblings but your mother wrapped a stone in cloth and your father ate that thinking it was really you. Looks like you had a very protective mother and you have been able to repress your childhood memories, well done! LOL Zeus, you is the man of myth-tery!
    zeus
    5th Jan 2016
    10:26pm
    Wow man! what a scenario for an action thriller! Love it!
    particolor
    5th Jan 2016
    10:35pm
    Me Stressed ? "( (... )( (" ")) (... ) ).." < Fingernails ! :-)
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    12:39am
    Zeus, let me guess, you have a son called Hurcules? I think that they have already done a few movies about you!
    zeus
    6th Jan 2016
    1:44pm
    Peterrj, brilliant! I'm impressed. I guess I'm not the mythtery man anymore...
    particolor
    6th Jan 2016
    7:46pm
    You can Thay that again ! :-)
    Peterrj
    6th Jan 2016
    9:59pm
    Zeus, it may be hard to believe that Uranus had a role in your development but your father took care of that. I'm surprised that you can't remember your titanic struggle you had to endured in mid life? But you started to control your vicious temper after you wiped out all of mankind. You also took up wooden horse building for relaxation to help ease your vindictive nature. Having relieved yourself of all frustrations and having defeated your enemies, of which there were many, you are now relatively stress free and even Emails don't upset you. But don't get out those thunder bolts once more. OK!
    Peterrj
    7th Jan 2016
    1:28am
    For stress relief I look above for guidance:

    A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With greatemphasis he said, " If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."

    With even greater emphasis he said," And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."

    And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he Said, "And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and pour it into the river."

    Sermon complete, he sat down.

    The song leader stood very cautiously and announced, With a smile, nearly laughing, "For our closing song, Let us sing Hymn #365,

    'Shall We Gather at the River.'"

    Amen!!!
    particolor
    7th Jan 2016
    10:20am
    "All things Wine and Wonderful " :-)


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