A third of Brits that receive personal emails during the working day say it offers a relief from the stress of work, according to free email provider GMX.
The company said 35 percent of UK workers deal with urgent personal emails at work, while over half (54 percent) admitted that keeping their personal inbox up-to-date was a bigger task than looking after work emails.
The research also revealed that on average Brits have two separate personal email accounts that they check two to three times a day. Furthermore, one in five Brits email their spouse of partner on a daily basis to improve self-esteem and confidence at work.
Eva Heil, managing director, GMX, said:"Many employers dislike staff accessing private email at work as this is often viewed as merely time wasted.
"However, the study suggests such email is a valued way for workers to relieve the negative effects of work such as stress or nerves."