REDUCE YOUR EMAIL STRESS!
The study proffers the conclusion that taking a vacation from email would, indeed, do more good than harm.In the age of Internet, most of us are hooked to emails, one way or another. It is probably most important tool of communication today. No wonder, we are labelled as "Cyber Coolies" either physically or mentally. The importance of emails is far more pronounced in business, with Black berry -totting executives furiously typing and writing emails, obliviously to world around them.
But there are downsides and most killing one is stress. Being cut off from emails significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better. Those with no emails reported feeling better and able to do their jobs and stay on task with fewer stressful and time wasting interruptions.The employees are able to multitask less and experience less stress upon removal of emails.The employees are able to communicate better in person, get up and walk around with less emails. The only downside with less emails is few employees feel isolated. HR departments have a job on hand. One of the goals is to make organisation less email centric and lay down standards about accessing emails and replying emails. High standards of email replies should be avoided and warn employees who lay down email standards based on whims and fancies, just to impress one and all.
The researchers used heart rate monitors attached to computers in a suburban office setting, while software sensors detected, how often they changed windows, to conduct the study.Employees who read emails changed screens twice often and were in a steady " high alert" state, with constant heart rates. Those away from emails for five days experienced natural, variable heart rates. Employees using emails switched windows at an average of 37 times per hour, which speaks volumes of distractions while those without emails changed about 18 times, half as often.
Email should be accessed every two hours in order to avoid stress and avoid imposing high email standards in order to have less stress and more good life.