On the heels of the massive UK experiment in the four-day workweek, Belgium takes the concept a step further, provisionally approving measures to not only offer four-day weeks to employees, but also giving employees the right to ignore their bosses and devices after hours without reprisals.
All Belgian workers, including those in the private sector, will receive the ‘right to disconnect,’ meaning that they will not have to respond to emails or be on devices after normal business hours.
Regarding the four-day week, they’ll be able to start a six month trial, after which they can choose to continue or discontinue a four-day week.
Click here to learn more about these exciting developments in the great rethink of work. As the Labour minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne said, “the boundary between work and private life is becoming increasingly porous. These incessant demands can harm the physical and mental health of the worker.”