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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?
Toymaker Hasbro and Google Inc. recently launched the global online multiplayer game, based on the board game Monopoly. Players start out with 3 million virtual dollars and the object of the game is to become the richest property magnate in the world. The interface uses both Google Maps and OpenStreetMap.
TMN, one of Portugal’s major telecommunications companies, has launched an online platform for potential entrepreneurs and business partners to connect with each other. Named “Projetor”, people can submit ideas and projects which can then be financially supported or provide assistance in solving issues allowing businesses take the next step.