France recently implemented a law giving workers “a right to disconnect” from email, messaging and calls after work. It may ultimately be ignored by many workers in France and scoffed at in the U.S., but it addresses a problem many employees deal with.
Emails arriving at night, on weekends and during vacation can create stress and interrupt family life. An “always on” culture can hurt productivity in the long-run because employees don’t get time to rest and recharge, say researchers. Some firms see the problem.
Daimler AG, the German automotive giant, has an optional email feature called “Mail on Holiday.” It automatically deletes incoming emails during time off. An auto reply offers alternative contacts or suggests resending messages once the employee returns. Its available to 100,000 workers in Germany.