Turn off your phones: German managers banned from calling staff after work hours

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Germany has officially banned managers from calling or emailing their staff after work hours.

Now, German workers can legitimately turn off their mobile phones without worrying that they’ll be penalized for not being reachable after working hours.

Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that Germany’s labour ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing staff out of office hours except in exceptional circumstances.

The labour ministry’s rules only allow contact if the task cannot be postponed until the next working day. Managers should apply a principle of “minimum intervention” into workers’ free time and keep the number of people whose spare time is disrupted as low as possible to avoid burn-outs.

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