French Workers Win Limits On Checking Emails After Hours

In France, the land of 35-hour workweeks and five weeks of paid vacation for full-time employees, two French unions have signed a new labor deal that will place limits on checking work emails outside of normal working hours. Under the new guidelines, workers will be required to step away from their work phones and devices after work hours and are not allowed to check emails for 11 hours each day.

While many English-language outlets reported on Thursday that the ban would require up to a million French workers, it turns out that the deal will affect around 200,000 employees. Here's The Local's translation of Slate's French-language description of the deal:

While the facts may have been exaggerated by anglophones, many American workers can understand the rigors constant connectivity brings to the workplace, which now exists anywhere, not just your place of work.

Whatever your opinion of the agreement, it speaks to a growing belief in the Western professional world that work never ends, and that technology's purpose is to tie workers to their jobs, not to improve lives or relationships.

Shouldn't it all be about balance? In France, some workers are saying yes, and we can get behind that at MindBodyGreen.

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