Bragging about working long hours? Well, this is not going to help us at all. Research consistently shows that working too much is bad for us. Working for longer durations not only decreases the productivity but it also have a toll on employees’ health. According to a recent research article published in The Lancet, “working a 55-hour week brings with it a risk of coronary heart disease and stroke”. Working long hours can also make you fatter, increase your risk of diabetes and make you depressed.
France has come up with a “Right to disconnect” law which came into effect on January 1, 2017, says a World Economic Forum video. Under this law, French workers can now ignore company emails outside of business hours completely. France’s Ministry of Labour says that the law is designed to ensure respect for rest periods and this law will be used to create more balance between work and personal lives. the rule applies to all the companies which have more than 50 staff. You will be surprised to know that some French companies have already banned staff from checking emails after hours. “A number of firms shut down their email systems overnight,” says the video. France has a 35 hour working week that’s been in place since 2000.
A similar law for India too! Is anyone listening?