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To lessen worker anxiety, employers should lower their expectations for workers to monitor electronic communication outside of work, or at least establish boundaries. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Even if employees are allowed to have “flexible hours” when working at home, the perception of being perpetually “on-call” can place a great strain on both them and their families, according to the study, “Killing me softly-electronic communications monitoring and employee and significant-other well-being,” by a team of researchers led by William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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