posted on Apr, 11 2014 @ 03:39 AM
Work-life balance is something that can be considered a social issue, especially in the ratrace of today´s world, so I hope this subforum is the
right place to post it
You know the time, when you have finished your work day and would just want to relax at home and suddenly...
Your boss calls... or sends you an email, asking you to do whatever task.
Well, now France found a solution to it, requiring the bosses to ensure their employees not having to do work-related activities after work day has
Well, sort of. Après noticing that the ability of bosses to invade their employees' home lives via smartphone at any heure of the day or night
was enabling real work hours to extend further and further beyond the 35-hour week the country famously introduced in 1999, workers' unions have been
fighting back. Now employers' federations and unions have signed a new, legally binding labour agreement that will require staff to switch off their
phones after 6pm.
Under the deal, which affects a million employees in the technology and consultancy sectors (including the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte
and PwC), employees will also have to resist the temptation to look at work-related material on their computers or smartphones – or any other kind
of malevolent intrusion into the time they have been nationally mandated to spend on whatever the French call la dolce vita. And companies must ensure
that their employees come under no pressure to do so. Thus the spirit of the law – and of France – as well as the letter shall be observed.
That is one of the laws I really find important. There is currently no choice for many people, especially for lower level employees, who do not want
to lose their jobs and often the companies just take advantage of it, expecting their employees putting in more hours than required by contract. That
is a definite problem in the 24/7 business culture and can often lead to severe stress/depression, broken relationships, family troubles etc.
Without legally taking action against such things, the employees are the ones who will suffer. As long as companies are allowed to do it, there is
nothing an employee can do - they are just expected to do accept being bothered at any time, even after work. "Don´t like it, go away, we´ll find
someone who is willing to also work after the work day" is the common attitude.
At least now, such thing is not an option
Hopefully the results will be positive and sooner or later other sectors in France, other countries EU
would also follow. People are more important than profits
edit on 11-4-2014 by Cabin because: (no reason given)