Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Aug 3 , 2015
A German study recruited a sample of 132 workers and aimed to look at how extended working outside normal hours influenced people’s mood the next day.
It found working outside normal working hours limits the sense of detachment from work, and these factors are linked to feeling more tired and less relaxed and content the next day. It was also linked to higher morning levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
This issue is very relevant to today’s working culture, where remote working and smartphones allow many of us to be continually engaged with work outside normal working hours.
However, the study gives limited representation of UK workers in general. It assessed the effect of formal “on-call” duties, compared with days when people didn’t have these duties. This means it isn’t as relevant as it first appears to be for the many UK workers who don’t have formal arrangements like this, but who do respond to emails and calls at home outside normal working hours.
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