Over 80 percent of workers in the Eurofound-commissioned survey of employees in Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain report receiving work-related communications outside their contractual working hours during a typical working week. Almost three-quarters reported being contacted by colleagues out of hours every day or on some days. The vast majority (almost 9 out of 10) of respondents responded to at least some of these communications.
Eurofound’s new report Right to disconnect: Implementation and impact at company level looks at the impacts of the right to disconnect on working time, work-life balance, and well-being in four countries, and offers a broader analysis of how an ‘always on’ culture is leading employees in Europe to work additional and often unpaid hours.
Eurofound’s research shows that adequate enforcement of the right to disconnect policies is crucial to their effectiveness. Around 45 percent of workers surveyed responded that a right-to-disconnect policy is in place in their company. Of these, 80 percent consider that the policy applies to them, but only half of respondents in companies with a right to disconnect policy are aware of actions having been taken to implement it.