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Emails could inhibit productivity

Emails could inhibit productivity

You might think firing off a quick email to that colleague two floors up is efficient - but an expert now warns it could inhibit productivity.

According to a top UK psychologist, communicating via email with people in the same building should even be banned.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper would also like to stop people from checking their work inboxes in the evenings and at weekends and says the process of checking emails on holiday is "sick".

You might think that staying on top of your correspondence is productive, but Cooper believes this to be misleading.

"People think when they have checked their emails, they have done a day’s work," he explained to MailOnline.

He believes workers suffer from "presenteeism", where they are communicating with colleagues but not actually achieving anything. In the developed world, Brits work the longest hours but also have the lowest productivity in the G7 nations league.

"We have embraced technology almost too much. Emails are damaging us, we don’t control them – they control us," he sighed.

"People say they have got through their emails by the end of day, but that’s not work.

"People should be banned from sending emails to each other in the same building.

"They should be discouraged from checking emails after work, when they should be spending time with their family and returning to work refreshed."

The psychologist thinks modern technology is extending the working week and diminishing family time.

"Technology, rather than being an enabler, is creating more stress," he added.

So the next time you clear your inbox, maybe take a moment to consider what you've actually achieved that day. Make a to-do list if you find it helps, ticking things off physically can be very satisfying.

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