Checking your emails too often has long been linked to inefficient work but your email could be having a negative impact on your health and well-being. Take an email vacation.
A study recently funded by the University of California Irvine and U.S. Army researchers states that the more you check your email, the more stressed you will be. The study focused on 13 workers and the results are very interesting.
The results showed that during the periods of no email, the employees spent more time focusing on a single task at work. These breaks from email also resulted in the workers shifting between computer windows much less than those who were regular slaves to their in-box.
The researchers even went to the extent of getting the participants to wear heart rate monitors throughout the study. The heart rates of those who were not often checking their inbox were considerably lower than those who did. Having prolonged periods away from your email inbox is perhaps the answer to a happier workplace.
The study also found that people who use email regularly “switched windows an average of 37 times per hour. Those without changed screens half as often – about 18 times in an hour.” According to the study, without email you will find that you can stay focused on a single task a lot longer than usual.
So if you are feeling stressed at work, have a break from your email and let us know how you go.
To see results in terms of your stress levels, a 5 day email vacation seems to be the best time length. If you need to keep in touch with any important work events or meetings, just ask a fellow employee to keep you informed. Good luck!