Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American Genius Real EstateThe American Genius Real Estate


French workers have the “Right to Disconnect” from work, should we follow suit?

(OPINION) On January 1, French companies with more than 50 people came under a new law that requires a Right To Disconnect negotiation with employees. Is this really what America needs?

Women typing on laptop representing sites optimized for voice searches.

An applauded law

On January 1, French companies with more than 50 people came under a new law that makes it obligatory for employers to negotiate with employees concerning their rights to switch off email and electronic communications after hours.

Employers must have a plan for technology use that gives workers the right to disconnect. Labor unions and experts applaud the law, which doesn’t seem to have any penalties for companies that don’t comply.

Overwhelming evidence

There are numerous studies on stress and the workplace. I don’t think we have to reiterate the fact that employees need to shut down.

There are at least two studies that support separating from work and technology. Here’s one great article from The Real Daily’s Marti Trewe that delves into email and productivity.

There’s no need to make a case for disconnection.  I do find it strange that the French lawmakers assumed that companies could not police themselves and find a solution.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Could this work in America?

I shudder to think how this would work here in the United States. I find that as a whole, most businesses are so regulated already, why would we want to create another law?

Can’t employers and employees act like adults and discuss their accessibility?

If I was expected to be on call 24/7, 365 days a year, that company better be paying me big bucks.

[clickToTweet tweet=”Why is it so hard for people to set boundaries?” quote=”Why is it so hard for people to set boundaries?”]

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect about setting boundaries, but I have managed to learn to disconnect from my work. When you work for yourself, it’s even harder to separate your business from your home life, but I do. I’ve also let my clients know that I’m not available 24/7.

Personally, I believe a lot of employees enjoy saying that they have to check in with work. It makes you feel important and connected. It’s also a way to avoid dealing with other problems.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

I think Americans have a complicated relationship with technology. But it’s up to each of us to set limits for ourselves.


Dawn Brotherton is a Sr. Staff Writer at The American Genius with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an experienced business writer with over 10 years of experience in SEO and content creation. Since 2017, she has earned $60K+ in grant writing for a local community center, which assists disadvantaged adults in the area.

AdBlocker Message

Our website is kept FREE to you by displaying online ads to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker OR subscribing to our email newsletter:

The Daily Intel
in your inbox

Subscribe and get news and EXCLUSIVE content to your email inbox.




(EDITORIAL) In real estate, it’s difficult to anticipate which years will be the busy ones and which will be eerily empty. So how do...


(EDITORIAL) A job pause can be maddeningly frustrating, but they can also open new opportunities to grow or start anew.


(EDITORIAL) Hustle culture is the highlight of the American workplace culture, but there are both pros and cons to overemployment.


(EDITORIAL) Finding the motivation to be productive can be trying at times. Adding a few simple steps to your to-do list execution may help...

The American Genius' real estate section is honest, up to the minute real estate industry news crafted for industry practitioners - we cut through the pay-to-play news fluff to bring you what's happening behind closed doors, what's meaningful to your practice, and what to expect in the future. We're your competitive advantage. The American Genius, LLC Copyright © 2005-2022