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Don’t want to take office calls after work?

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Weekend Plus Desk :
fter being in the workplace for eight hours or more, it might be very stressful for a person to respond to office-related calls after work. But not everyone has the liberty to ignore a boss’ call because we are home and need to focus on family, right? But to help employees strike a better work-life balance and reduce stress, NCP MP Supriya Sule had recently introduced the Right to Disconnect Bill 2018, a Private Member’s Bill, in the Lok Sabha.
This Bill gives employees the right to not respond to calls or any kind of communications from the employers after office hours. According to the MP who represents Baramati constituency in Lok Sabha, the Right to Disconnect Bill aims at “reducing stress and ease tension between an employee's personal and professional life.”
The Bill which was introduced on December 28, requires the setting up of an Employee Welfare Authority, which will publish reports related to the impact employees have from prolonged use of digital tools beyond office hours and it will also create a charter defining employee-employer negotiation.
According to the Bill, “Companies with more than 10 employees would periodically negotiate specific terms with their workers, publish their own charter, and create an Employee Welfare Committee consisting of representatives of the company’s workforce.”
We are no strangers to the stress we face due to long hours of work beyond office hours. According to experts, work-related stress can often lead to a lot of physical and mental ailments including depression, which might go undiagnosed. As a result of which, a person might face a lot of problem in his professional and personal life as well. The Right to Disconnect Bill 2018, if passed, will help people strike work-life balance and lead a better life.

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