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In Germany, Volkswagen recently decided to improve the work-life balance of its employees by disabling the receipt of work emails outside of working hours. All other functions of the smartphone are not affected, so it still can be used as normal.
Why it matters
VW’s initiative is based on the findings that being accessible all the time can be both a blessing and a curse. Although this is well-intended, it is questionable if shutting down emails really stops people from working overtime. Will this company rule be a point of advantage or maybe even disadvantage for the company as an employer brand?
www.careerealism.com is a career advice blog, and one of the top career advice tools on Twitter. Their tagline reads: “Because EVERY Job is Temporary.” In fact, the number of people in the U.S. who claimed to have job security fell 17.5 percentage points in 2009. This sums up a major shift in the way we view employment, and how we prepare for it. A transitory job market means people are on the job hunt more often, and for longer. It’s also affected higher education, with more and more students opting for an interdisciplinary track over a narrowly focused pre-professional program.
Cable services provider Comcast has partnered with voice-over-IP provider Skype to give customers HD video calling capability over their TVs.