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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?
To promote its ePrint technology for small and medium Spanish enterprises, HP demonstrated how the technology could be used outside the traditional business environment. The company invited businessmen to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write a sentence about their company. An Officejet printer - exposed in a shop window in Madrid - automatically printed the email.
“The hub” in Milan is a “home” where the hubbers work together in the same space: a club of entrepreneurs with the same objective - to realise ecological and ethical projects.