Feeling burned out on the job? Blame your overflowing inbox.
The incessant emails are just one part of an overall culture of many organizations that reflect psychologically unhealthy management practices -- those that fail to practice openness; that don't support ongoing learning and development of skills, capacities, or creative innovation; that don't provide a sense of connection with or impact upon the company's product or service via one's own role or contribution.
The result is work burnout, which leads to anger, stress, reduced motivation, and depression.
If you feel besieged by a barrage of work emails, then these experts have some suggestions on how to beat the burnout:
1. Consider your preferences
Dr. Gail Kinman, a professor of occupational health psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, encourages people to consider how they prefer to use email. Do after-hours work emails overwhelm you? Do you like to work in the evenings?
Once you've established your peeves and preferences, then you can set up a plan that's right for you.
2. Manage people's expectations
It's easy to swear off sending after-hour work emails, but what about when you're on the receiving end of the messages? If you don't respond immediately, then you might worry that your coworkers will think that you're being lazy or ignoring them.
That's exactly why Kinman says it's important to communicate with your colleagues.
"Manage other people's expectations by putting email alerts on that indicate when you will be checking your mailbox (e.g. first thing in the morning, after lunch and at 4 p.m.) and stick to that pattern," says Kinman.
3. Push for standardized email etiquette
It's important to realize that other people's email preferences may differ from yours.
"You may be adding to their stress if you send them an email on a Sunday morning -- you may not expect a response until Monday, but they may not know this," Kinman says.
She recommends that employees and managers pressure their organizations to introduce guidance on healthy email management and etiquette. That way, everyone's on the same page.
4. Take a vacation
Don't resign yourself to a busman's holiday by checking email on vacation.
Kinman identifies three key periods during which you definitely shouldn't be checking your work email at all: evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Seriously, just relax and log out.
5. Get into a routine
Author David Burkus addressed the problems with constant work emails in his book, "Under New Management."
He told Business Insider that emails can seriously distract you from your personal relationships. He recommends getting in the habit of switching off when you get home.
Preserve your core hours. On the job, set aside certain hours of the day to turn off your internet connect (or just your email program) and do the deep work needed to really create value. Off the job, preserve the time you spend with family and friends so that you can rest and recharge.