Recent research from the University of Sussex has shown that by preventing employees from accessing their work emails out with working hours could be detrimental to their mental health. Although this policy may result in some staff being happier away from work, the research has shown that people may get more stressed through worrying about the emails in that are piling up in their inbox.
It is great to see companies such as Volkswagen & Lidl taking steps towards a good work / life balance but I am not convinced restricting employees access to emails is the right way to do this.
I don’t check emails whilst on holiday but I do like to clear the inbox the day before I start back. Improving workplace health and getting it right isn’t easy.
By making small changes, companies will figure out what works best for their employees & the business.
For more information check out this article on BBC’s website.