By Sherrie Haynie | December 17, 2019

Email became commonplace in the 1990s. By 2000, cellphones were the norm, and by the time the iPhone came around, any natural barrier between the employee and off-hours work was shattered. With each new communication app or collaboration software, the work-life divide becomes increasingly blurred.

While most of us enjoy the efficiencies and perks that come with technology, we also sense that, on balance, being constantly connected to our work is not a good thing. But we still don’t necessarily understand exactly what kind of effect it’s having on people. Are we more stressed out than our parents and grandparents? Or, is it possible that, against conventional wisdom, we’re actually benefiting from the new hyper-connected business environment?

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