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Half of employees feel pressured to respond to work out of hours, research finds

More than half of employees say they feel obligated to answer work emails and calls out of hours, research reveals.

A poll of ​​4,225 workers, conducted by YouGov for Business in the Community (BITC), found that 55 per cent felt pressured to respond to calls or check emails after working hours, with just 45 per cent saying they feel that they can switch off from work.

Gemma Bullivant, an independent HR coach and consultant, said firms needed to “strike the right balance between expecting others to respect our boundaries, and making those boundaries clear in the first place”.

She suggested employers create a “wellbeing contract” with employees that set both boundaries and defined wellbeing measures that work for staff.

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