LONDON – Should commuting hours count as part of the working day?
The suggestion to take the hurdles out to employers everywhere was made by university researchers in England who studied the commuting habits of thousands of rail travelers
It is no secret that the expansion of Wi-Fi in trains, planes and automobiles facto-extension of the working day has resulted and employees are tying to their electronic devices when sending and receiving countless work e-mails
The researchers at the West University of England found that more than half of respondents did their work Read emails and scour working documents on their journey.
The work-life balance was a buzzword in modern times. in which employers offer such perks as office massages to thwart the stress of their employees. But amidst the emphasis of wellness programs, there are shocking stories like that of a 31-year-old Japanese worker who worked more than 159 overtime hours in one month and worked to death.
In Japan, the office nap is common and a sign of diligence, but the officials there and in other countries have gone on to work hard. Last year, France, which already has a 35-hour working week, introduced a law that allows large companies to give their employers the right to disconnect and block e-mails outside working hours.
Similar limit values were tested in Germany The Ministry of Labor instructed its supervisors not to contact employees outside office hours. And in 2011, at the end of the working day, Volkswagen began shutting down its BlackBerry servers and preventing some employees in Germany from sending or receiving e-mails.
In Britain, workers spend an average of one hour on average on and off their jobs – more and in London – but not everyone can be productive in a busy railroad car where the temptation of games like candy crush and video streaming is too strong.
"It's not for everyone," Dr. Jain
She said the conversation with commuters made her wonder if there were "some hidden productivity rates because it's not officially working time."
Over 40 weeks in 2016 and 2017, the University Team surveyed 5,000 commuters traveled up to 250 miles daily for work on two heavy-duty lines that run from London to Birmingham and Aylesbury.
The workers were examined for the use of the free wireless internet on the routes. The team initially focused on business travelers and found that commuters used their rides to get work done. The longer the route, the more work has been done.
Fifty-four percent of commuters on the longer route – Birmingham to London – and 36 percent on the shorter – Aylesbury to London – checked and sent work emails during rides
The team's conclusions should be submitted to the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday , Dr. Jain said the commuter study is still in the exploration phase. Any change in the length of the working week would have to come from the British Government.
But some European countries have proposed regulatory changes to accommodate longer journeys and the seemingly permanent availability of the mobile Internet. And a lawsuit brought before a European Court of Justice last year could affect how working time is calculated across the continent.
The court ruled that some workers in Norway were able to calculate their working time as working time, they may not work hard, they are available to their employer.
This summer, France's supreme court ordered a British company to pay 60,000 euros (more than $ 70,000) to one of its workers in France for compensation after asking the company to have their phones at all times for questions and complaints to answer by customers and subordinates.
Alexandra Sabbe-Ferri, a Paris-based lawyer specializing in employee rights, said in a telephone interview that although in the case of on-call service and not the right of separation, this was a signal to both companies as well as for workers who take personal time seriously.
"The right of separation reminds everyone we should have a reasonable attitude towards new technologies," said Ms Sabbe-Ferri. "Permanent access does not mean we should work all the time."
For the time being, the French regulation of the right of separation exists only theoretically until the courts interpret it.