London - Sending emails to colleagues in the same building harms productivity and should be banned, a leading psychologist has said.
Firms should also encourage staff not to check their work email account during their time off, Professor Sir Cary Cooper said.
An avalanche of often unnecessary staff emails contributes to work overload, our culture of long hours and damages a company’s output, he insisted.
“We have embraced technology almost too much,” the Lancaster University professor told the British Psychological Society’s conference in Liverpool.
“Emails are damaging us, we don’t control them – they control us.