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Setting boundaries between work and home has benefits for workers, their employers and society as a whole.

Summary

Being available 24/7, and not being paid for out-of-hours work, is a side effect of modern technology. Recently Victoria Police staff have won the 'right to disconnect'. Apart from emergencies and checking up on their welfare, they're not to be contacted outside of work hours. This right to disconnect allows workers to switch off and should improve their mental health. In 2017 France, passed legislation to ensure companies negotiate when employees can be contacted by SMS, phone or email. This article notes that there is research showing that expecting employees to reply to communication out of hours reduces efficiency overall due to chronic stress and fatigue. There is also a legal risk if there is an expectation of communication after hours without it being in a workplace agreement. A positive work-life balance is good for job performance and can enable us better to do our jobs.