STOP CHECK­ING YOUR EMAIL AF­TER WORK

Men's Journal - - INTEL -

Scrolling through of­fice mes­sages at home is so rou­tine you prob­a­bly haven’t no­ticed it’s hurt­ing your health and hap­pi­ness—and your part­ner’s, too. Vir­ginia Tech as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Bill Becker stud­ied the af­ter-work email habits of more than 100 peo­ple and found a di­rect cor­re­la­tion be­tween ex­pec­ta­tions that em­ploy­ees be avail­able on email and feel­ings of anx­i­ety and stress. “It doesn’t mat­ter how many hours you spend email­ing; it’s the feel­ing you must be avail­able that af­fects your sense of well-be­ing,” Becker says. It’s be­cause it brings out your “work self”—the uber­com­pet­i­tive guy who’s al­ways on edge. Talk to your boss about do­ing a check-in at night, and then re­sist un­til you hit your desk in the a.m.

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