Logging Off: The Need to Disconnect from Work

Think of how many times someone has sent you a message about work when late at night or first thing in the morning. Work is always close by, meaning you don’t have time to recover or a right to disconnect. 

The grind of the workday used to be from 9 to 5, turn up, do the work, go home. Now, thanks to digital connectivity means that through emails and apps like Slack, you’re always accessible. However, new research suggests that if we don’t disconnect, we’ll do damage to our mental and physical health. 

Dr Amy Zadow is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Excellence at the University of South Australia. She is one of a team of researchers working on the Estress Project.  She joined Toby on Thursday Daily to discuss. 

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