A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Sussex has revealed that prohibiting employees from accessing their office emails from home or other places outside office hours is not good for them. Rather, it is harming them.
As more and more companies are putting curbs use of office emails by their employees to minimize employee burnout, it is harming them, the study shows. It is thwarting their efforts to meet deadlines and achieve operational goals, putting on them unnecessary stress and strain.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the governing body of human resource management professionals has agreed with the findings, stating that this new trend is indeed putting a high degree of anxiety as well as neuroticism.
Employees ideally need to feel free while tackling the growing accumulation of incoming mails in their inbox. They should be given free hand to respond to the mails as per the will. Otherwise, they will feel overstressed and overloaded, which may lead to a nervous breakdown, the researchers believe.
Dr. Emma Russell, a University of Sussex senior lecturer in management stated that though the intention behind this new policy of limiting the access of official emails by the employers has been good, this is a one-size-fits-all approach, which is doing no good to the employees, and hence at best needs to be avoided.
She cautioned that this new policy is not likely to go down well in employees with more dedication towards meeting deadlines, and would prefer to work even beyond the official duty hours, to have meet deadlines and complete their assignments.
Companies that have restricted use of official emails outside working hours include Volkswagen, the German automobile giant, which has altered the configuration of their servers so that emails can be sent to the phones of their employees only from 30 minutes prior to the commencement of office hours till 30 minutes after the end of the office hours. Employees cannot receive or send any official mails during weekends.