France Wants to Ban Work Emails After 6 PM. Should You?

by Evil HR Lady on April 21, 2014

Do you need protection–i.e., protection from the evil known as after hours emails? If so, you’re not alone: Michael de La Force, chairman of the General Confederation of Managers in France thinks you do too, if you live in his country. After all, it’s just downright terrible that someone would have to check their email before going to bed, hitting the gym, or taking a call at 8:30 p.m. Isn’t it?

Give me a break.

I’m a big fan of work-life balance. In fact, I’m probably a bigger fan than most people, as I think one of the best ways to hire the best talent is to let your employees have a life. But this is ridiculous.

The economy is global. In fact, I am writing this column from my home in Basel, Switzerland, and if I turned off my email at 6 p.m. I’d have a heck of a time working with my clients in California. If I followed this email rule, I wouldn’t have clients in California anymore, which would mean less income for me and more for somebody else. Someone, I suppose, who lives in the same time zone.

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