Saturday, December 24, 2011
'Work-Life Balance' from VW: Kill the Blackberry
"Volkswagen has agreed to deactivate e-mails for its German staff members’ company BlackBerrys when they are off duty.
"Under an agreement reached this week with labor representatives, staff members at Volkswagen will receive e-mails via BlackBerry from half an hour before they start work until half an hour after they finish, and will be in blackout mode the rest of the time, a spokesman for the company said.
"The new e-mail protocol ... applies to staff members covered by collective bargaining, so it would seem that board-level executives will still be attached to their BlackBerrys. Very few companies have taken such drastic measures to force workers toward a better work-life balance."
There was no report on whether grief counselors have been contracted to work with the employees over the loss.