Finding balance with right to disconnect

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Replicon offers features to help companies comply with right to disconnect laws, and we’ll soon be broadening what we offer.

If you live in Europe, you’re likely nodding and saying, “Very good!” If you live anywhere else, you might be thinking, “Huh?”

It’s true, right to disconnect legislation exists primarily in Europe – and only in certain countries in Europe, at that. But there’s no law saying these features can’t be used where no right to disconnect legislation exists, in companies interested in promoting work/life balance.

So what does right to disconnect mean, exactly?

It’s the idea that workers should be allowed to ‘disconnect’ from work during non-work hours, and shouldn’t be penalized for being unavailable to their employer during their time off.

In practice, it can mean preventing messages from being sent to workers outside of work hours. Why? Because, if you receive a work message while you’re on holiday, that might imply that your employer expects you to be available to read that message while on holiday.

In Replicon, you can currently prevent Replicon notifications from being sent on weekends and holidays. These settings can be assigned per user, in user profiles.

But, very soon, we’ll be offering another, broader option – no messages sent on weekends, holidays, or during any other approved time off (say, vacation days).

In addition, you’ll be able to block shift schedule workers from receiving messages any time outside their scheduled hours. Plus, the option you select will apply to any scheduled report, since those are delivered to the employee’s inbox, too.

So, if your organization wants to show employees that you don’t expect them to be reachable during time off, consider enabling these settings.
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Paula Tannahill, Technical Writer

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