A new study reveals 60% of Brits affected by after-hours work emails 

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Seven in 10 Brits receive one to 10 work emails outside of working hours per day. Image: Torsten Dettlaff

While digital technology has kept us safe during the pandemic, for millions of people working from home has felt more like sleeping in the office, making it harder to fully switch off.

The right to disconnect has been law for six years in France, where companies are asked to set agreed “specific hours” for “teleworkers”. Ireland also brought in a code of practice last year, under which employers should include reminders in their emails to employees which indicate that there is no requirement to reply to emails out of their contracted working hours.

In late 2021 Portugal also passed a law prohibiting employers from contacting workers outside of their regular hours by phone, message or email.

To figure out how many Brits do actually switch off after work, Fasthosts polled the nation to reveal the number of emails they receive averagely and how this affects them in their lives. As seen from the responses, seven in 10 Brits receive one to 10 work emails outside of working hours per day. 

A new report by Fasthosts has revealed the number of after-hours emails Brits receive daily and how this impacts them in their personal life.
Almost half of respondents receive 5 to 10 work emails per day outside their contracted working hours
More than 20% of Brits admit they generally reply to after-hours work emails with almost 60% admitting that this impacts them in their personal life. 

1 in 2 Brits receive up to 4 work emails outside their working hours 

Based on the research, a shocking 49.2% of respondents receive 1 to 5 work-related emails outside of their office hours. What’s more, one in seven Brits receives up to 10 after-hours work emails per day. Furthermore, 67% of Brits generally reply to after-work emails, while 16% say they always reply no matter what.

What’s more, 1 in 2 Brits admits that receiving after-hours work emails has a negative impact on their lives. This is not surprising as almost one in eight Brits spend up to three hours replying to these and sacrifice hours from their personal life! No wonder 46% of people in the UK experienced or felt on the verge of burnout in 2021, based on a Statista study. 

Specifically, Brits voted that the after-work emails make them feel like they’re always at work (19.4%), like they have no time for themselves (17.6%) and their family (15.1%) and are worried that if they don’t reply this would affect their career (11.3%). 

What’s more, one in 25 respondents experience fear of missing out (FOMO) when they don’t receive after-hours emails and they feel left out of the loop if they’re not included. Some respondents admitted that they feel like they are not important enough if they don’t receive emails after work. 

Interestingly, when asked if there should be a law in the UK restricting after-hours work emails, over four in ten (43.5%) agreed that there should be one in place.

You can find the full release on site here: https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/blog/how-many-after-work-emails-do-brits-receive-each-day/ 

Chris Price
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