Thursday, August 16, 2007

The curse of inbox overload

A study this week by researchers at two Scottish universities has revealed that the daily deluge of emails is stressing out employees, interrupting the flow of work and affecting productivity.

Of the 177 people interviewed by the team at the University of Glasgow and the University of Paisley, 34 per cent of workers felt stressed by the number of the emails they received and felt obliged to reply quickly. More than half of those surveyed said they checked their inbox more than once an hour, while 35 per cent sheepishly admitted to checking for new messages every 15 minutes.

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