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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?
3D Reseaux is a computer game for building site professionals. It has been designed to increase their awareness of the dangers associated with buried pipes on building sites. The player can take on the role of a site supervisor or a bulldozer driver.
Two Spanish travel agents have recently joined forces in a bid to boost their offering in an increasingly recession-hit travel market. Carrefour Travels, a ‘traditional’ travel agency aims to take advantage of the online coverage that Logitravel offers, while Logitravel aim to cross-sell its “Cruises and Coasts” products to selected Carrefour Travels clients.