We all know how that dreaded email from the office can ruin weekend plans to ‘just chill’, even if it’s about what you need to do when you get in on Monday.
Residents of France have cause to celebrate now because of a new legislation called ‘right to disconnect’. From now on, any company operating in the country, with 50 or more employees, cannot email or send work-related messages to workers after office hours.
In a country where employees are entitled to 30 clear days off every year, as well as 16 weeks of fully-paid family leave, life just got even more easy for the French working man (or woman).
The new law makes it necessary for companies to introduce and implement policies that limit the spillover of work into the private lives of employees.
The ‘digital-disconnect’ legislation was necessitated, says Benoit Harmon, member of the National Assembly, because employees ‘remain attached by a kind of electronic leash – like a dog’, even after they physically leave the office. The text messaging and emails take over their lives, and they eventually may suffer a breakdown. Obviously this kind of a work environment is not conducive to productivity or happiness, which are interlinked.
As expected, the new law has been welcomed by the French public; while the rest of the world’s workers look on in envy.