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Communication technologies affect adversely the health of workers

Women contacted frequently subject to work at home reported higher levels of psychological stress

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Researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada, found that the use of communications technologies that help people stay connected to the workplace negatively affects the health of workers. Results show that effects appear to be different for men and women.

Using data from a national survey of American workers researchers questioned the study participants how often they were contacted out of work by email, phone or text message on issues related to work. They found that women who were contacted frequently by supervisors, colleagues or clients reported higher levels of psychological stress. In contrast, men who received frequent contact to work outside normal working hours were less affected.

"Initially, we thought that women were more affected by frequent contact with work interfered with family because their responsibilities more than men," said author Paul Glavin. However, this was not the case. We found that women can reconcile their work and family lives as well as men, but they feel more guilty, as a result of being contacted. This guilt seems to be the cause of their distress. "

Results show that many women feel guilty in dealing with work issues at home, even when contact does not interfere with work and family life. Men, on the other hand, are less likely to feel guilt when answering questions related to work at home.

"The fault appears to play a key role in the distinction between work and family experiences of women and men," said study author Scott Schieman. "While women are increasingly taking a central role as economic providers in dual earner families today. These forces may lead some women to question or assess negatively their performance in the role of the family when they are trying to deal with work issues at home. "


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