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Volkswagen has agreed to stop its Blackberry servers sending emails to some of its employees when they are off-shift.
The carmaker confirmed it made the move earlier this year following complaints that staff's work and home lives were becoming blurred.
The restriction covers employees in Germany working under trade union negotiated contracts.

Campaigners warned that the move would not be suitable for all companies.

A spokesman for VW said: "We confirm that this agreement between VW and the company's work council exists", but would not comment further.
Under the arrangement servers stop routing emails 30 minutes after the end of employees' shifts, and then start again 30 minutes before they return to work.
The staff can still use their devices to make calls and the rule does not apply to senior management.

I'm sure not many will grasp the annoyance of out-of-shift e-mails from work but for those that do, I think you'll agree; this news is a Christmas Miracle!

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post #2 of 36
I always love receiving an e-mail from a department manager on weekends, it makes me wonder what kind of life they lead that compels them to do work at home.
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I think I do more work at home at 1-4AM than I do all day long from 8-4PM...never can go a weekends without putting in a few hours either

Heh, shutting off email after hours would be a disaster for me
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hmmm, i get anywhere between 5 and 10 texts at anytime in the day when im not at work... why would you make it such a big deal receiving an email "off-shift"....

my thoughts on this are:
if you don't want to receive em, just dont check your mail till your back on shift, issue solved. otherwise if your a hard working person that cares about whats going on at work check em...
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Here's an answer... Have 2 phones, 1 work, 1 personal. Turn off the work phone after hours, or just put it somewhere where it won't bother you buzzing and ringing when you get new messages. That's what I do.
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So... for all of the staff who use their company email as their personal email will now have to register a second email account and keep track of that one too?

Sounds more like a pain than a grace.
 
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So... for all of the staff who use their company email as their personal email will now have to register a second email account and keep track of that one too?

Sounds more like a pain than a grace.

I hadn't thought of that...this could be done to deter employees from doing that. That is security risks and stress on the email server that should not exist.

Heh...I have hundreds of emails a day that are work related. I can't imagine personal emails and spam going into my Outlook as well. I already have like 25 folders and 50 different sorting rules
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hmmm, i get anywhere between 5 and 10 texts at anytime in the day when im not at work... why would you make it such a big deal receiving an email "off-shift"....
my thoughts on this are:
if you don't want to receive em, just dont check your mail till your back on shift, issue solved. otherwise if your a hard working person that cares about whats going on at work check em...

There are some companies (maybe more so managers) that expect you to answer an e-mail no matter what time or day it is. If you not at work and have to do work something is wrong. Someone needs to learn to wait until the morning or their should be coverage. The unexpected emergency is an exception but to often work is becoming to much a part of peoples personal life.
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Another reminder about the differences in work lives between countries.

I had to take a work trip to Europe recently, and it was a shock that the typical work day was 9-3:30, with a rather generous amount of time taken at lunch vs. the regular work hours.

I thin the US work culture is entirely unhealthy, and I think it needs a change.
    
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Haha, a friend of mine (of counsel) shuts his phone off nights and weekends and gets away with it. Unheard of in a corporate litigation firm.
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