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Checking Emails After Work Hours Causes Anxiety, Conflict in Families

Competing work and non-work demands present a dilemma for employees

Researchers from Virginia Tech have found that when employees check their emails after office hours it not only causes them anxiety, but it also causes conflict within their families. William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business, lead and co-authored the new study.

"The competing demands of work and nonwork lives present a dilemma for employees," Becker said, "which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives."

Jobs are becoming increasingly more demanding outside of the home. These high demands cause stress on the employee and in the employee’s personal life. Employees can’t completely fulfill their duties at home if they are distracted by work requirements.

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