Do you want to disconnect from some unpleasant realities these days? Move to France!
No, I’m not talking about escaping to or through the wine, the food, the lifestyle, the whatever.
Instead, as this article explains, France has a new law that allows employees limited rights to disconnect from work communications outside of office hours, without penalties from their employers. The emphasis here should be on “limited,” since it’s unclear whether or how the law will even be enforced.
What’s more, I can’t’ help but wonder whether there will be all sorts of informal pressure on employees to be available. Miss an email and maybe you’re seen as less committed to the company? Ignore a group text and you’re then outside the loop on a big project?
What’s more, will some folks be unable to unplug, no matter how much their firms allow or even encourage them to do so? Disconnecting could prove disconcerting.
Still, there’s something to be said for slowing our steps toward becoming the Borg.