You have had a long and hard day and are literally tired with all the different assignments and orders your boss put on your (abstract) table. Now all you need is a relaxing warm bath and time to finish those last chapters of Fifty Shades of Grey. And when you reach home, you find your phone being bombarded with infinite shades of communication all coming from the office you left a few hours ago.
Now a sane person would immediately turn off his cell phone to enjoy the last remaining bits of the day but you remember all the bills and taxes and insurances you won’t be able to pay if you ignore these texts and calls.
But relax, you can actually turn off your cell phone without feeling uncomfortable, well… only if you live in France. There is a new law that makes it illegal for your boss to contact you after the lights out.
According to BBC News, the new ‘right to disconnect’ law, or more precisely ‘le droit de la déconnexion’ in French if you prefer, does not allow employers to contact employees after work hours if the company contains 50 employees or more.
The law actually makes sure French citizens are able to relish French wine and French bread and French freedom with full concentration and enjoyment.
Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly says, “All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant. Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work.”
He adds, “The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”
We all agree wholeheartedly with Benoit Hamon. We need our peace after we escape from our offices and workplaces.
However, the law received plenty of criticism and scorn. Some are concerned that the amendment, which is part of a controversial French labor law, will increase job insecurity. Whatever the reasons, being reminded of work after the sun has set burns out of our physical and emotional levels and gives us a feeling of never being fully free.