Result statement: Free time to demarcate more

Working at home makes work and private time increasingly intertwined and therefore the ‘right to inaccessibilityhas to be laid down by law, according to most position participants. โ€œIf it has to come from the employers, it won‘t happen.โ€

The European Parliament is considering a plan by the Pvda MEP Agnes Jongerius to enshrines the ‘right to inaccessibility ‘for workers in European legislation. According to 57 percent of respondents, such a law is more than welcome. One participant explains: โ€œThe 24 hour economy, ICT, smartphone etc. have ensured that working time is no longer restrictedโ€ And his employer is taking advantage of this, many participants say. โ€œToo many companies think it’s normal for employees to be reached 24/7.โ€ And, โ€œThere‘s nothing against that either.โ€ Someone else goes on to this: โ€œYou have to legally lay down the right to inaccessibility, because employers are not going to do this on their own accord. Otherwise, the mobile phone becomes a dog leash where it is pulled on 24 hours a day. You need to have clearly defined private time in order to be able to perform 100% again.โ€

The coronacrisis has underlined the importance of regulating this area because many people now work at home, more than half of the respondents find. โ€œNow working at home is intertwined with private work, and that’s not good. Few employees and employers draw clear boundaries.โ€ At least 40 per cent of respondents have the impression that they have spent more time working at home because there is no clear separation between working time and private time. โ€œWorking at home, constant emails and WhatsApp communication make us much more private. But your gut also says you should read the message. Very double allโ€, says someone struggling with this. A third indicates that they always have to be accessible for work. That feeling is a lot of stress. โ€œI am in favour of establishing this ‘right to inaccessibility ‘in a law to protect human health and well-being.โ€

Although many voters feel the same way, a relatively large group believes that such a thing should not be recorded at European or national level. โ€œThis is more for collective bargaining.โ€ Many a tuner also thinks that it is very dependent on the position whether or not one should be accessible outside working time. โ€œTherefore, it would be better to arrange this in an employment contract,โ€ it is said. In addition, employees are quite able to decide for themselves how to organize their time. โ€œIt is not required by law to be accessible,โ€ notes a voter. โ€œYou can decide for yourself whether or not you react to something when you are freeโ€. Many respondents have already arranged this for themselves and therefore consider a law unnecessary: โ€œDo not use a private phone for work or make sure that number is not knownโ€ is one of the options. โ€œJust don‘t take the phone with you in private time. Or take a dual SIM card. Just a matter of being clear to your boss, these voters say: โ€œAfter work, I just turn off the work phone and I’m privately reachable. Service is service and drink is drink.โ€