We're constantly checking our emails, both during and after work. It would feel strange — almost rude — not to look when that notification pops up. What if it's my boss? What if it's an emergency? The idea of ignoring a slew of messages seems daunting when you could just respond to them as soon as they come in.
But is our habit of constantly responding to email healthy? New research published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology suggests not.
Larissa Barber, the lead author of the study, calls it "telepressure." It's the compulsion to answer every work-related email the moment you receive it, no matter what time of day. By doing this, Barber says, you're exposing yourself to workplace stressors when you're at home.
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