Personal Emails at Work a Source of Relief for Workers

October 28, 2009 by · Comments Off on Personal Emails at Work a Source of Relief for Workers 

Hosting Tools London – 1 in 3 Britons (33 per cent) admit that receiving personal emails during work hours provides a valued relief from work-related stress, according to research by GMX,, the free email service for more than 11 million active users. The survey of 1679 UK adults suggests that many British workers have incorporated personal emailing into their working day as a coping strategy against stress. 35 per cent of those surveyed handled urgent personal emails at work in order to maintain a work-life balance. Furthermore, over half of workers (54 per cent) now feel that keeping up-to-date with a personal Inbox is a bigger task than their work Inbox. A common source of angst for freemail users also comes from forgetting passwords, having affected two thirds of users. Overall, the study suggests that handling personal emails at work can be a useful and therapeutic pursuit in the average worker’s day.

A recent study by GMX found that the average Briton uses 2 separate personal email accounts, and checks them on average 2-3 times a day. GMX’s ‘Email in My Day’ study(1) now finds that many workers feel strongly about having access to such emails during work hours. Two thirds of workers (69 per cent) with personal email accounts have accessed these at work. 1 in 3 workers use email from friends, family and partners to distract themselves from stressful tasks or encounters with colleagues. Read more