The movement towards focusing on the wellbeing of employees has prompted research into the possible implementation of a policy restricting employees' access to emails to office hours only. However, whilst welcomed by some, it is difficult to see how such a policy could operate successfully in the services industry, particularly in the legal field.
From managing workload to dealing with cross-border corporate transactions requiring liaison with lawyers working in different time zones, the limitation of email access to certain hours of the day is likely to cause more harm than good to lawyers offering a high standard of service to their clients.
As concluded by the research, a "one size fits all" solution for dealing with work emails is unlikely to be successful.
For many of us, the ability to ignore our work emails out of hours would come as a welcome relief, but new research concludes that blocking employees from doing so could actually be detrimental to their wellbeing.