Reduced access to office emails may lead to employees becoming less stressed and more focused, according to a new study.
Research published by the University of California has revealed that employees who were removed from their work email for five days experienced more natural, variable heart rates.
Operating in less of a "high alert" state, the workers also switched windows half as often while working on the computer, only 18 times in an hour rather than the average of 37 times.
"We found that when you remove email from workers' lives, they multitask less and experience less stress," informatics professor Gloria Mark said on May 3.
"Email vacations on the job may be a good idea," she added.
The news comes as a new study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania has revealed that the body’s ability to regulate inflammation is decreased by stress.
"When stressed, the immune system’s cells can’t respond to hormonal control," lead researcher professor Sheldon Cohen told News Limited sources on May 12.
Addressing stress in the workplace may be assisted by offering a corporate health insurance policy.
This recognition of the importance of health may lead to happier, healthier and more productive employees.