The welter of emails arriving at work stations are a key contributor to workplace stress, a survey by computer giant IBM has found.
The survey of 629 managers found 45 per cent agree that having too many irrelevant emails in their inbox makes for a stressful workplace.
Seven per cent find it very stressful, whilst half of respondents agreed that unanswered emails were also contributing to workplace stress.
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The stress of constantly responding to emails affects 48 per cent of workers, rising to 54 per cent in organisations with more than 500 employees.
Almost 100 per cent of respondents said email remains the most commonly used collaborative tool in the workplace but is often overwhelming or used in the wrong way, leading to avoidable workplace stress.
Predictably, the study also found that communication blunders in the office are commonplace, and another contributor to stress.