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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?
Flimmer.de is a German website that allows users to watch movie trailers online and receive real money for answering an attached film-related question. With the right answer the users earn small amounts of money and are able to swap them for cinema coupons or DVDs.
“CrowdSend” is a new social network that tries to identify objects on online images. Users are encouraged to tag photos with any information they have about the products depicted and gain rewards and bonuses for correctly recognising items on the photos.