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Using work devices out of hours can increase anxiety symptoms

Worker demonstrating anxiety symptoms

Communication technologies have made connecting with the workplace much easier, however it is also harder to switch off from work.

A recent study of 46,055 workers aged 15 or older found that using work-related communication devices outside of regular work hours poses a greater risk to workers of developing anxiety symptoms than working long hours.

Using work devices out of work hours can blur the boundaries between work and private life, increase the psychological burden of work and result in excessive work engagement.

People who both work long hours and use work communication devices out of regular hours have highest risk of anxiety.

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