In the week that the private sector employers at European level blocked an agreement and potential directive on telework and the right to disconnect, the Eurofound research agency published a report showing why action is urgently needed on this issue. Its new survey found that workers who telework are more likely to work longer than is contractually required and close to one fifth of respondents reported working additional hours because they are contacted outside of working hours. Eight out of 10 workers surveyed in companies with and without a right to disconnect policy reported that they regularly receive work-related communications outside their working hours. The report found that while over 70% of workers in companies with a right to disconnect policy considered its impact to be positive, the introduction of a policy on its own is insufficient and requires a range of accompanying measures.
Study shows need for enforcement of right to disconnect
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Following years of discussions and joint guidelines on digital technologies in central government administrations, an agreement on digitalisation was signed on 6 October 2022.
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