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Employers need to do more to encourage staff to switch off at home

Date:
January 5, 2017
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British Psychological Society (BPS)
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Less than half of UK businesses and organizations provide employees with guidance on how to switch off from work when they go home.
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Less than half of UK businesses and organisations provide employees with guidance on how to switch off from work when they go home.

This is one of the findings from a survey conducted by Dr. Almuth McDowall (Birkbeck, University of London) and Professor Gail Kinman (University of Bedfordshire) who will present their results today, Friday 6 January 2017, at the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology annual conference being held in Liverpool.

Dr Gail Kinman said: "From January 1st, French workers have the right to disconnect from email to avoid the intrusion of work into their private lives and protect them against burnout. We wanted to know what are UK organisations doing to protect employees against the risks of being always on?"

Over 370 UK organisations across a range of sectors took part in the survey. Findings revealed that less than 50 per cent of organisations surveyed provided their employees with guidance on how to switch off. Surprisingly, more than half also had no formal policies in place to help their employees balance work demands with personal life in general.

While some respondents acknowledged that using devices such as smartphones could improve communication at work and boost productivity (24 per cent), the negative effects of technology on relationships at work (21 per cent) and wellbeing (27 per cent)) were also highlighted.

Dr Gail Kinman commented: "Our findings clearly show that organisations are not helping their staff accommodate to the changing world of work which is likely to have a negative impact on their wellbeing, their work-life balance and their effectiveness. Many individuals we surveyed clearly feel under great pressure not to switch off, leading to intense pressure, poorer performance and worry about what the immediate future holds.

"It's time to take a more proactive approach to helping employees and organisations become more 'e-resilient' and to manage technology in a more healthy and sustainable way."


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