Some argue that having such a principle in legislation is unworkable and that every organisation should have internal policies on the issue. Some are in fact starting to educate workers with a ‘Digital Wellness Programme’. However, putting it into legislation does raise the profile and debate on a very serious issue. This is leading to a number of initiatives in how to tackle the problem. VW ensure the server will not forward e-mails when workers are on leave or off shift. Virgin Start-Up use a 2 hour ‘digital detox’ period where no e-mails can be sent as employees are encouraged to go and talk to each other. How radical!
What rules need to be set for yourself and others about ‘disconnecting’?
When is a good time to give yourself a break?
How can you protect yourself and your staff from potential digital burnout?