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Are you scared of your inbox?

Times Of India article dated Mar 28, 2016 Remember the time when you forgot to put your phone on 'Do Not Disturb' mode and woke up to a stinker email by your boss? You had a mini heart attack and couldn't even carry on with your daily routine after that. You ended up screaming at people on the road, not responding to your family and friends properly and even skipping your meals for rest of the day. Well, this is exactly what your inbox does to you. According to researchers, work emails are one of the biggest stress-inducing factors for working professionals. And, when these emails continue to flood your inbox even after the working hours, you cannot help but suffer from anxiety disorders, heart problems and headaches, revealed a report by Daily Mail. This is perhaps the reason why employers' federations and unions in France decided to put a ban on work emails post 6pm for employees covered under the agreement, back in 2014. In India, particularly in metro cities, people spend most time on the move - commuting to and fro the workplace. They leave early in the morning and return late at night, with practically no time for themselves. On top of this, when they are asked to log in from home, they start to feel burdened and stressed out, resulting in burnout and poor performance at work. Dr Atul Verma, Clinical Psychologist, SCI International Hospital adds, "Stress can lead to anxiety disorders because you are constantly worried about receiving an email from your employer to work on something important. This way you can never relieve yourself from work." Dr Kashissh A Chhabriaa, Counselling Psychologist blames the unrealistic expectations of employers in this context. Employees are forced to take work home and be available 24x7, which severely affects their health. Sandhya … Continue Reading ››


Dr. ATUL VERMA, Senior psychologist from SCI International Hospital, New Delhi shares his inputs with Times of India Online. Do you think Indian companies should follow the French government's rule of banning work emails after 6 PM? Ans: - Banning emails after working hour can be a good idea that may release the stress level of employees to a certain level and that will also help them to separate the work and family life.

How is it impacting a working professional's personal life?

Ans:- In India people working in industries or organization are working from 9 to 5 and most of the time they leave home by 8 in the morning and reach home by 6 or 7 and sometime  8 or 9 pm  and person get time only evening and with his/her life. Suppose he also has office work to complete at home it became burden for him/her or he won't get time for family and sooner or later he may face stress burnout and this will affect them and company both negatively. This can lead to poor family life.

Does working stress lead to anxiety disorders?

Ans:- Stress can lead anxiety disorder or you can say any mental disorder because you will always remain in stress as you don't know when you are free or when and what time you will get some instructions from office that uncertainty lead to anxiety and stress. This can imbalance you personal life. What about the stinker emails? Can it impact a person's well-being? Ans: - Any kind of humiliation can affect you and your personal life including the stinker mail. But the good thing is you can handle it in appropriate way and your action can be controlled. Please suggest some tips on how people can learn to switch off after work and reduce stress. Ans:- There are few tips a. … Continue Reading ››