This article reports on a new meta-analysis of research covering 50,000 workers which found that those who checked work email or took work calls after the office was shut were more likely to have problems with their health and private lives.
It goes on to note that while new technology was supposed to provide flexibility for workers, it actually encouraged them to be always ‘switched on’, blurring boundaries between work and life and causing work-family conflict.
The research authors note that:
“Researchers, employers and employees need to work jointly on how to make the use of technologies as beneficial as possible, reducing the negative effects. Otherwise, there is a danger of unintended knock-on effects.”
Read more at The Telegraph.