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Answering Emails After Work Is Bad for Your Health

Answering Emails After Work

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  • People who respond to e-mails during non-work hours report worse sleep, higher levels of burnout, and increased health-related absences from work
  • Responding immediately to workplace demands, even during off hours, interferes with needed recovery time and increases stress-related outcomes
  • Use your non-work hours to truly unwind and engage in stress-relieving behaviors, like exercise, meditation, and pleasurable hobbies

By Dr. Mercola

The majority of US workers (52 percent) check their e-mail during non-work hours, including on sick days. Depending on your employer, it may be an unspoken requirement to respond immediately, but, more likely, you respond right away not because of actual workplace policy but due to a phenomenon known as “telepressure.”

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