Should you really be making a quick phone call at night or checking e-mails over the weekend?

Some experts say it’s a worse idea than you might think.

If you fail to draw a clear distinction between work and leisure, you will get exhausted more quickly and generally put your own well-being at risk, a study shows.

According to the study carried out by the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, mixing work with private life will make it harder for employees to recover, and it will also make them less productive and creative.

Psychologist Ariane Wepfer and her team interviewed 1,916 employees from various fields of work in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

More than 50% of participants worked at least 40 hours per week.

They were asked, among others, how often they took work home with them, how often they worked over the weekend and how often they thought about work in their spare time. – dpa