Germany Called for Anti-Stress Law Ban on EmailsAdded: Monday, September 1st, 2014
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Andrea Nahles, the German employment minister, is currently busy with reviewing new “anti-stress” law which can ban companies from contacting their staff out of hours. Like everywhere in Europe, the levels of workplace stress are ever increasing, and Nahles has commissioned a report investigating the viability of the law to ban the use of emails to contact employees outside of work.
Andrea Nahles said during the recent interview that she saw an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental illness. The Ministry had to commission the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to find out whether load thresholds can be set. The minister claims the country needs universal and legally binding criteria.
By the way, the legislation of such kind will not be entirely new for Germany. It is already against the law in the country for employees to contact staff during holidays. A number of the largest companies, including Volkswagen and BMW, have chosen to implement their own restrictions on contacting employees out of hours as well. Back in 2013, the German Labor Ministry banned managers from contacting their subordinates outside of work. Another interesting measure was introduced by the car manufacturer Daimler: the company has installed software on its systems that automatically deleted emails sent to employees out of hours.
In August, a research carried out by the German Pension Insurance Union revealed that the increasing numbers of German workers are retiring early because of high level of stress. In the research, the organization emphasized that the pressure to remain constantly in touch with the management and colleagues appeared to be a key reason. In addition, the local newspaper recently ran a headline story telling people that 20% of German employees are reachable to managers out of hours.
At the time, Clemens Kirschbaum, professor of psychology at the Dresden University of Technology, who was involved in conducting the research, explained that the results were disappointing: apparently, people spend far too little time switched off, just to withdraw in peace. Such behavior and constant pressure can’t be conducive to good health. The professors promised to deliver the findings of the workplace stress report in 2015.
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|posted by (2014-09-01 07:02:52)|
|Why bother working at all? This ridiculous law is already on the books in France. Mind you, the French have no idea of the concept of what work is anyway. 35 hour week????|
|This just goes to show how retarded and frivolous it has become to pass a law on the whims of the 'gimme gimme gimme' public - 'anti-stress' laws? really?|
"Hey, here's a job, but you dont have to work hard, or for long hours or for low pay - we will pass laws to just give you w/e you want so you continue to vote us to have Power over you for the rest of your lives." - but Im guessing this only applies to the company officers to make their lives even cushier and richer for that much more less work.
|posted by (2014-09-01 17:05:14)|
|Sounds like a good idea to me. I used to get msg from work at any time of day and evening. When I'm not at work they should just leave me alone not be pecking at my head. Same with breaks "We expect you to work through your break".|
|posted by (2014-09-02 17:38:15)|
|It is an excellent idea. I happen to turn off my mobile and turn off e-mail alerts on my computer after 7 pm. I don't have WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter precisely for the same reason: everyone at work feels with the right to contact you at whatever hour they fancy just for the sake of it. Oh, and they get angry if you just ignore them. My stress levels are at a bare minimum since, and trust me, I'm not coming back. So, It's great idea.||
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