• Germany's news in English
 
Hundreds of great job opportunities for foreign professionals at Germany's top employers - in cooperation with Monster, Experteer, Stepstone, and CareerBuilder.
What
Where
3,970
jobs available
Find English-speaking professionals with The Local.
Advertise a vacancy
Businesses call for email-free Christmas
Photo: DPA

Businesses call for email-free Christmas

Published: 29 Nov 2012 11:56 CET

Bosses should at least impose a ban on work communication between Christmas and New Year, Mario Ohoven, head of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses told Thursday's Bild newspaper.

“Clever employers grant their colleagues some Christmas peace in the true sense of the word. Between Christmas and New Year mobile phones should be switched off except in emergencies,” he told the paper.

The rapid spread of smart phones, tablets and laptops means more employees than ever are constantly available to colleagues and clients. A recent study showed that 29 percent of German employees were open to receive emails and phone calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And with a total 89 billion work-related emails sent worldwide every day - a figure predicted to rise to 144 billion by 2016 – German employers are discussing how to best create a healthy work-life balance.

German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen recently called for a clearer separation of work and leisure time, and reminded bosses of their legal duty to actively protect the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees.

“When do I have to check mails and when is it ok that I deal with them later? Technology does not pose a problem for health, we just have to learn to deal with it sensibly,” the minister said in June this year.

“We need (to establish) a right to be unavailable, in order to protect employees' leisure time,” Lothar Schröder, member of the board of services trade union Verdi told the paper.

Many large firms have issued rules or statements designed to allow workers to switch off and relax without feeling guilty, yet most have left it up to the individual to decide whether to answer emails in their free time.

“No-one is expecting (employees to) check mails under the Christmas tree. Management should make sure their colleagues don't overstretch themselves,” a spokesman from manufacturing giant Siemens told the paper.

Others said the nature of their work meant they had to be ready to react at the weekend too.

“I'm against a strict rule,” said Herbert Hainer, head of Adidas Germany. “Since we deal with sport, we have to be able to react sometimes at the weekend too. Still, it has to be [something] really important.”

DAPD/The Local/jlb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)


Your comments about this article:

The comments below have not been moderated in advance and are not produced by The Local unless clearly stated. Readers are responsible for the content of their own comments. Comments that breach our terms and conditions will be removed.

ADD YOUR COMMENT   (YOU MUST LOG IN OR REGISTER TO MAKE A COMMENT)
Your German Career
What do German bosses need to do to get more out of their staff? Frankfurt-based business consultant Justin Bariso has this advice.
Germany's Federal Employment Agency has identified the job sectors the country is most short of workers for. JobTalk looks at where the vacancies lie.
Students at German universities have shown themselves to be a risk-free lot in a survey by Ernst & Young. The civil service is their most popular choice of future profession, while job security is valued above all else.
Jenny Core, originally from Bolton, England, shares her tips in this week’s My German Career on being an artist in Berlin. The 27-year-old exhibits her work regularly in the city, including next to a Turner Prize shortlister.
In this week's JobTalk, Tanya Schober, who is originally from India, talks us through her journey to German citizenship.
In this week's My German Career, Anupama Gopalakrishna, who is originally from Bangalore in India, tells The Local about her new life in Frankfurt.
German Employment News
German jobless numbers rose this month, bringing unemployment up to seven percent, the Federal Labour Agency (BA) reported on Thursday.
In our ongoing weekly series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind his successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed him forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Malte Zeeck, founder and co-CEO of Munich-based InterNations, a social network for expatriates worldwide.
In our weekly feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Robin Eric Haak, founder and COO of Berlin-based Jobspotting.
The German labour market continued to shine in December, shrugging off current economic weakness, with unemployment now at its lowest level since unification, official data showed on Wednesday.
In our weekly feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Bertram Meyer, one of the four German co-founders of Taulia.
In our weekly feature series, The Local chats with a successful entrepreneur. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Simon Schneider, CEO and co-founder of networking tool Zyncd.
autobutler.png

Account Manager
We offer a unique opportunity to make a real impact on autobutler.co.uk
FULL JOB AD »

Baden-Württemberg
Monster
Added 01/31/15

München
Monster
Added 01/31/15

München
Monster
Added 01/31/15

Berlin
Monster
Added 01/31/15