Managers only send out-of-hours emails because staff quickly answer them. We do this because we’re never off the damned devices

Smartphones are a dumb distraction. Most of us have been there: it’s out of hours, you’re at home with your family, but you can’t help checking work e(...)

“It’s worth reminding ourselves, daily if necessary, that being an adult does not mean being stressed and anxious all the time.”

On the same day that a new law was implemented in France, giving workers the right to disconnect from their work emails after hours, the Wall S(...)

More than a few of you, gentle readers, will have returned this week to work after the break dreading confronting the overflowing holiday email box. (...)

Love all: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is has met his match in  tennis star Serena Williams. Photograph:  Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

In numbers: Licensed to grill €500,000 Estimated revenue boost that Fáilte Ireland says Limerick will receive later this year when it puts on its ap(...)

The ‘right to disconnect’ measure is intended to tackle the so-called always-on work culture. Photograph: Reuters

From Sunday French companies will be required to guarantee their employees a “right to disconnect” from technology as the country seeks to tackle comp(...)

A waiter stands near a pile of rubbish bags in front of the Cafe de Flore in Paris on Wednesday, as a strike by garbage collectors continued. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Rubbish piled up on streets in parts of Paris and other French cities on Wednesday as strikes and pickets by waste treatment workers took a toll in th(...)

Protesters clash with police in Nantes on Tuesday during a demonstration against the use of the French constitution’s article 49,3 allowing the government to bypass parliament and force through labour reforms. Photograph: AFP Photo/Jean-Sebastien Evrard

The possibility of the French government falling receded on Wednesday when left-wing frondeurs or rebels fell two short of the 58 signatures required(...)

A demonstrator holds a board reading  “The temperature rises” during a protest in front of the National Assembly in Paris: Prime minister Manuel   Valls pleaded with a socialist group meeting before asking the cabinet to authorise use of article 49.3 of the constitution. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Prime minister Manuel Valls has chosen to reform France’s labour code by decree, forcing unpopular changes through the lower house of parliament with(...)

An activist shouts slogans in front of French gendarmes during a demonstration in Paris yesterday against the labour law proposal. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The French National Assembly yesterday began a marathon debate on the El Khomri law, intended to reform France’s 3,589-page labour code. The law, nam(...)

France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, who will  defend the new labour law  in the National Assembly in April and in the Senate in May. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The draft law on reforming the French labour code, which was presented to the Council of State this week, is the most courageous reform attempted by (...)

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