The staff can still use their devices to make calls and the rule does not apply to senior management. "We wanted to take a preventative approach to tackling the issue," said Gunnar Killian, VW's works council spokesman. "At Volkswagen flexitime is between 0730-1745, with our new arrangement workers can only receive emails between 0700 and 1815."
"It's bad for the individual worker's performance being online and available 24-7. You do need downtime, you do need periods in which you can actually reflect on something without needing instantaneously to give a reaction," said Will Hutton, chair of the ‘Big Innovation Centre’ at The Work Foundation in Britain. "Secondly it has a poor impact on an individual's well-being. I think that one has to patrol quite carefully the borderline between work and non-work,” he added.
In recent years, birth rate in Europe’s biggest economy has plummeted to a historic low, dropping to a level not seen since 1946. Hopefully, such move by large German conglomerate will give the flagging birth rate a little boost.