In France, It’s Now Illegal For Your Boss To Email You At The Weekends

There’s nothing worse than hearing your phone buzz on a Saturday afternoon or at 10 o’clock at night on a weekday to see that your colleague has sent over some extra work or a reminder that you didn’t do something. The separation between work and life is paramount. France are enforcing this boundary with a new law that states that it’s now illegal for your boss to email you during non-office hours.

And it’s not always their fault. They might be the types who work 24/7, it’s on you to screen those emails or set an out of office. However, constantly having that presence in your life can accumulate stress in the long run and is generally not very sociable or healthy for sender and receiver.

As HelloGiggles reports, “a recent French labour reform bill contains ‘a right to disconnect’ amendment that bans companies with 50 or more employees from sending any work-related emails after working hours. The amendment is an attempt to combat being plugged-in 24/7 during this tech age”.

Huffington Post explain that 10% of all French workers are susceptible to burnout. This is in tandem with France’s shorter workweek than most countries pulling 35-hour work weeks as opposed to our 40+. The French government have been pushing hard against employee exhaustion with this new illegal emailing rule.

Stress is damaging companies more now than any punctuality, productivity and irresponsibility issues. Speaking to the BBC, Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly said this”

“Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work They remain attached by a king of electronic leash. [Work] colonises the life of the the life of the individual to the point where he or she ventrally breaks down”

It sounds very dramatic. Do you think we have to enforce illegal parameters to manage burnout or is the burden on the employee?