Weekend Works Emails Could Be Banned in France. Would That Work in America?

posted: 06/06/16
by: Amanda Mushro
Workaholic checking phone in bed

Even when you're out of the office, are you ever really ever really off the clock? When you're trying to disconnect from work on the weekends, all it take is a quick look at your smartphone to see a text or an email from your boss to make it feel like you never get a break from work. However in France, these types of work texts and emails could soon be illegal!

Calling it "the right to disconnect," the French senate is working to pass a controversial labor reform bill that would help French workers find a little more work/life balance. The law applies to companies with 50 or more employees and includes "digital communication" should be banned after hours, on weekends, and on holidays.

According to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey, more than half of Americans said that checking their work email outside the office was part of their daily routine. So maybe we could learn something from the French. "All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant," Socialist MP Benoit Hamon told the BBC. "Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash - like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails - they colonise the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down."

Sound familiar?

The French already have amazing cheese, delicious wine, and the gorgeous Eiffel tower, and if this new law passes, many Americans would another reason to be envious of the French. What do you think?

How do you disconnect from work?