Source | The Huffington Post
The BBC reports that companies would be expected to voluntarily adhere to the measure.
Some have lauded this clause as a win in the battle against over-connectedness.
“The right to disconnect isn’t necessarily an obligation … but it’s an opportunity —to claim a little breathing room; to realize that the world won’t stop turning, or even producing words or widgets, without one person’s constant vigilance,” wrote The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins this week.
Others, though, have warned that the provision doesn’t go far enough.
Jon Whittle, a researcher at Digital Brain Switch, a U.K. project looking at the impacts of digital technology on work-life balance, told The Washington Post that some employees may feel even more overwhelmed at the thought of returning, in the morning or post-vacation, to a deluge of emails.
“I think the topic of work-related well-being is much larger than simply stopping email after-hours,” Whittle said. “Email is just a medium used to communicate. The real problem is the culture of having to constantly do more and constantly do better than competitors.”
Even if the disconnection provision has received praise, the overall labor reforms have not been positively received.