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News: Is the ‘right to disconnect’ a red herring?

In recent weeks the ‘right to disconnect’ has been re-emerging as a potential policy of interest.

As many of us are still working from home, its renewed impetus is focused on protecting workers – via legislation – from a barrage of out-of-hours work communications by removing access or prohibiting contact at set times. But as ‘right to disconnect’ initiatives gain traction internationally, we ask whether the concept is merely a ‘red herring’, placing the blame for our ‘always-on’ cultures on digital communications, and failing to recognise that simply cutting off one’s access to work at certain times of the day or week does not reduce the work itself?

More here. Co-authored by agiLab's Director, Dr Emma Russell

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