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Companies may need a policy on work emails and calls after hours

Should your business limit out-of-hours emails?

Recent legal developments have raised the stakes on out-of-hours communications, and there are growing calls to give workers the right to disconnect.

In addition, a wide range of multinationals – including Volkswagen and Axa – have introduced company policies against workers’ ‘hyperconnectedness’. It’s all part of a drive to protect workers against burnout and 24/7 work pressures.

There are no plans to introduce a legal right to disconnect in the UK, but staff well being and engagement are issues for every business, regardless of location. Developments in Europe and the US on the right to disconnect could offer pointers on possible problems, or solutions, in your own business.

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