Volkswagen has introduced an interesting company policy. Under the new arrangement servers stop routing emails 30 minutes after the end of employees’ shifts, and then start again 30 minutes before they return to work. Currently, this comes to employees in Germany working under trade union negotiated contracts.
A spokesman for VW said: “We confirm that this agreement between VW and the company’s work council exists”, but would not comment further. The employees can still use their BlackBerry to make calls and the rule does not apply to senior management.