The creation of email spawned a number of consequences.
But for millions of us, email created a way for bosses to intrude in our lives at any time or place.
We suspect the reason is that while phone calls are direct human contact, complete with vocal tones and inflections signalling anger and disgust at intrusions into our private lives, emails are simply blips dispatched into an impersonal mediasphere, free of all that human messiness.
And for all of us who’ve been badgered on nights, weekends, holidays, one country has passed a law giving workers the right to be emauil free off the job.
Vive la France!
From BBC News:
French workers get ‘right to disconnect’ from emails out of hours
- France employees are getting the legal right to avoid work emails outside working hours.
- The new law, which has been dubbed the “right to disconnect”, comes into force on 1 January.
- Companies with more than 50 workers will be obliged to draw up a charter of good conduct, setting out the hours when staff are not supposed to send or answer emails.