Replying to emails out of hours can lead to overwork. And answering work emails in your leisure hours is no fun, here’s some data showing why you should stop. Take for example, the data from some Australian researchers who monitored the communication habits of university workers. The results shows that those who responded to out-of-hours emails generally reported higher stress levels. While workers who felt under pressure from colleagues reported lower levels of wellbeing. […]
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Are you one of those who answer emails outside work hours? Or you are also in the habit of sending them? New research shows how dangerous this can be, both for the sender and the receiver.
But what could be so bad about answering a few emails in the evening you may wonder? Perhaps something urgent pops up. Or this is just a one click follow up to an urgent issue you have been tidying up from the day. Maybe you are just been proactive and trying to get ahead for tomorrow.
Whatever your reason, there is a need to start exercising some personal caution if there is no company wide policy guarding such behavior. Especially if different research results shows that those who responded to out-of-hours emails generally reported higher stress levels. And that workers who felt under pressure from colleagues, maybe because they usually receive out of office emails, reported lower levels of wellbeing.
An agreement on new flexible working rights aimed at giving NHS staff a better work-life balance has been announced by health unions and NHS employers. The deal will make it easier for workers to request flexible working arrangements. This includes a right to do so from the first day staff are employed in the NHS.
his is expected to help the NHS recruit and retain health workers. The agreement comes at a time when many health employers and their staff are beginning to consider new ways of working. The government has already promised a consultation on work flexibility for all UK workplaces.
Poor work-life balance is often given as a key reason for employees wanting to leave the health service. The extra demands of the pandemic have left staff exhausted with many re-evaluating their priorities and considering leaving the NHS.
To tackle this, health unions and NHS employers have agreed several new flexible measures to encourage staff to continue their careers in health. The provisions will apply in England, Scotland and Wales, with similar measures expected to follow in Northern Ireland.
New Contractual Terms
The new contractual terms will allow staff to:
- Request flexible working from the start of their employment (removing the requirement to have six months’ service)
- Make an unlimited number of applications for flexible working, instead of just one a year
- Submit applications without having to justify requests or provide specific reasons
- Access a process where managers must refer on requests that cannot be accommodated initially to ensure all possible solutions are explored.
Employers will be expected to promote flexibility options for all jobs at the recruitment stage and discuss them regularly with all staff in one-to-one meetings, team discussions and appraisals.
Health employers will also work with unions to develop, agree and offer a broader range of flexible working arrangements. In addition, they will monitor and examine what happens to requests made across their organisations.
You Have Control
Studies show that a boss’s work-life balance is an important factor in the work-life balance of their employees, and that if all better utilize downtimes, everyone will likely to be physically and emotionally healthier.
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