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Email Overload Can Lead to Employee Burnout

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-06-07
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    Email Overload Can Lead to Employee Burnout

    Email Overload Can Lead to Employee Burnout

    While many employees say that dealing with work emails after hours makes them more productive, it can also make them feel overwhelmed and can lead to burnout.

A relentless glut of work emails is causing many employees to lose sleep at night, according to a recent survey from Samanage. The accompanying report, "Is Work Email Disrupting the Personal Lives of U.S. Employees?" seems to answer that question with an emphatic "Yes!" as a significant share of professionals spend hours during their off-time checking business emails. Many, in fact, field more than 100 company-related emails every day. It doesn't help that a large number of managers expect their staffers to check their corporate email accounts after hours. And while many employees say this practice makes them more productive, it can also make them feel overwhelmed. "Work email is disrupting the personal lives of U.S. employees, causing workers unwanted stress and anxiety," said Cord Silverstein, vice president of marketing at Samanage. "Organizations should take this as a wake-up call that they need to be smarter about assisting employees in the management of corporate communications to avoid overload and prevent employee turnover." Nearly 1,500 U.S. adults took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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