Provider of overseas relocation services, Interdean, has commented on Germany’s recent employment guidelines banning managers from contacting staff after working hours in a bid to improve employee stress-levels.
According to an article in the Telegraph, new rules have been put in place to prevent managers from contacting their employees unless in case of an emergency. Managers are asked to ‘apply a principle of “minimum intervention” into workers’ free time.’
The move came along years after Volkswagen’s controversial, yet popular, email restrictions. The German car manufacturers sought to allow their workers proper ‘down-time’, by employing the new restrictions that saw their email servers turned off half an hour after the working day until the following morning. The move was widely discussed, and many claimed that the model would not be suitable for all types of company. Despite the controversy caused by the move, fellow German companies BMW and Puma soon adopted the same measures.
Ministers have claimed that the guidelines have not only been put into place to help employee mental health. The guidelines also encourage companies to provide further clarity to what the rules are regarding work duties in and out of the workplace. Ursula von der Leyen, labour minister, was keen on letting remote workers know “when they have to be available and when they don’t.’
International expert in overseas shipping for expatriates, Interdean, takes a keen interest in the cultural nuances in countries worldwide with a special interest in news affecting lifestyle. A representative from the company responded to the news:
‘One reason many people decide to move abroad is to change the dynamic of their working lives. According to a report completed in 2009 over 12% of Brits are working over 50 hours every week, and this doesn’t include time outside of work where they have been contacted to complete small tasks whilst they are at home. In fact, many statistics point towards how hard Brits are worked in and out of the workplace – in Germany it’s a completely different picture. Germans are recorded as being the Europeans most satisfied with their work-to-life time balance.
‘Germans are renowned for their work ethic, so it just goes to show that this system is working – leaving work at work and enjoying leisure time uninterrupted ensures an excellent quality of life both at home and in the workplace.'
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