Sir Cary Cooper, who has been appointed the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, was interviewed on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 drive time show commenting on the effect of emails on our work/life balance.
Professor Cooper – who will officially take up his new role on 1st June – lectured on the subject at the British Psychological Society last week.
The lecture surrounded the issue of mental wellbeing in the workplace. Although the lecture only featured his view on emails for a few minutes, his opinions caused quite a stir. When asked about his views on emails and wellbeing on BBC Radio 2, Professor Cooper stated that we are in a time of experiencing electronic overload.
Professor Cooper asserted that emails are a great thing, but they are starting to hinder our face-to-face interaction that is essential to productivity in the workplace. Some companies have started to turn their servers off at night and weekends and he believes that all companies should follow suit, giving us back a healthy work/life balance.
Another suggestion Professor Cooper makes is using the technology we’ve got, not to stop engaging with home life, but to improve home life and flexibility with work. He said that technology should be used to our benefit, taking away long commuting times and embracing the possibility of both working from home and a central office environment.