The economic crisis, the emergence of new technologies such as smartphones have revolutionized the world of work. The world of work is getting faster. More and more often we talk about workers’ right to disconnect. But what is this right and how does it work, and is it recognized in the world?

Definition of the right to disconnect

The right to disconnect by definition is the right of the worker to be unavailable, not to be subject to requests submitted electronically by the employer outside the maximum working hours. This is the right to disconnect from the workplace, without suffering repercussions on salary or on the continuation of the contract in the event of no response.

We have all received emails or phone calls outside working hours. Today technology has made us available 24 hours a day, this leads to an increase in workload and related stress. However, it can more easily lead to burnout.

The right to be unavailable outside working hours is a worldwide issue. At the moment, every country has gone in no particular order on this topic or even worse has not regulated this issue, leaving companies and employees with a sort of self-management.

Food for thought

What is missing is clear legislation that, for all types of work, manages to mediate between collective and individual interest and that of course protects employees by making the right to disconnect a fundamental right for all workers.

The world of work is in perennial change, and in recent months it has changed irreversibly, for this reason the legislator must regulate agile work as soon as possible and in particular the right to not being available for workers outside working hours.