France’s “right to disconnect” law is now about to get enforced that a company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after their stipulated work hours.It’s casual with many of us here right? Like you’re spending your weekend chilling with friends and family but then you end up receiving an urgent email from work which you can’t really ignore, you’re aware of the dread that fills your stomach and causes your mood to go upside down. Being unable to fully disconnect from work can impact your mental and physical health implications, which is why unwarranted contact by the workplace is soon to be taken down in France.
Already, the country provides its employees 30 days off a year and 16 weeks of full-paid family leave; this latest initiative is only making France a place to look up to. According to BBC News, the new “right to disconnect” law will make it mandatory that a company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after the specified work hours. The amendment is largely a result of studies showing that people have increasingly timed troubling them distancing themselves from the workplace.
Good relays that the law seeks to ensure the fact that the French citizens are able to fully enjoy their time off. Said Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly: “All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant. Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash— like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”
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