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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 German company Henkel produces tubular steel furniture. Their business model is to provide high quality products that may be considered pricey but that are long-lasting, rejecting the idea that profits are only gained by high sales volumes.
‘The Shelter’ is a first of its kind community workspace that allows individuals from various creative disciplines to engage in a creatively nurturing environment. It’s a medium for forward-thinkers, creatives and intellectuals to connect and exchange ideas, converting those interactions into commercial services and products through subsidised work spaces.