As Indians, reading this might just get you teary eyed and few of those tears could mean a ray of hope. But worry not and let such hope die a meaningless death. What we are about to reveal has nothing to do with our country and if a law of this kind was to be passed, most of us could just have mini but happy attacks and die blissful deaths. There is a country that has won the ‘Right To Disconnect’. In clear words, It Is Illegal To Contact Employees After Work Hours In This Country
Obviously such law has no place in a country such as ours and so this piece of information might add to your knowledge of facts that one could possess. Apparently, In France, there are risks associated with the usage of digital technology which include the blurring of the borders that exist between a professional and a personal life. Did you just feel a connection there? Now, these risks can cause harm to the health of the workers and hence the ‘Right To Disconnect’ has been implemented in France.
As per this new law, the employers at organizations with more than 50 employees will be asked to shut their email servers after work hours and not just that. The employees will be given complete freedom to delete any work related message that they receive during their vacations. Can you believe it?
Can ‘Right To Disconnect’ Exist In India?
In spite of the impossibility of maintaining the personal-professional life, such a law seems like a distant reality and the distance is not even measurable here. In a country where laws are broken when pleased and a new law could take a good while to be passed, such a law has no chance to exist. Say, you wake up one fine day and learn of this new Law being passed in India. Do you expect the employer to accept the law and let you walk free? Yes. We feel the same way here.
As per inc.com “What does set the French apart from the average American worker, isn’t their attitude towards work, but their attitude towards leisure”.
Although ‘Right To Disconnect’ does seem like a dreamy affair, there obviously are various complications and negotiations do exist even in France. However, vacations are kept free of such negotiations and yes, you can care least about your work when you are busy holidaying with your family.