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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?
The mineral oil market has been hit by a recent crisis brought about by insolvent companies delaying or defaulting on payments. Cue Barter Progress, an online platform not dissimilar to eBay, where buyers barter for products under the supervision and regulation of their online platform.
40% of professionals lose concentration after the first 20 minutes of a meeting. Although the most logical solution would be to shorten the meetings, sometimes the measure is unviable. That’s why the Crowne Plaza offers other alternatives like covering with natural grass some of their meeting rooms. The objective is to promote their client’s business thinking in a non conventional place.