You Can Finally Ignore Your Boss’s Calls After Work. Hurrah!!!

You Can Finally Ignore Your Boss’s Calls After Work. Hurrah!!!
Boss's Call

It’s 9 pm on Friday night, you’re at the bar with your gang, scoping out hotties to hit on… Your friend bets you to get that girl in a red hot dress's number. You say, “Game on!” and chug your Patiala peg down, set your hair right and start walking towards her… Ring Ring! It’s your boss calling. What do you do? Of course, you stop mid-way, rush out of the bar, away from the noise and tell your boss that you’re working on that presentation and will be ready for Saturday afternoon meeting. By the time you get back your friend is walking out with that hottie!

Ignoring calls

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If only you could ignore that call, it would be you getting lucky tonight instead of him. But what can you do, it’s your boss calling, you have to answer it whether you’re sitting at the bar, enjoying a drink with your pals or kneeling in front of the pot next morning ralphing your guts out. Yeah, we’ve all been there, done that and still doing it!

Work-stress

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You and we know that any day we ignore even one call or don’t respond to that email, there are serious consequences. But why? Why can’t we ignore those calls when we are not sitting in our ‘cosy’ cubicles? If only there was some law that would say you don’t have to answer work communication from the employer after office. Guess what guys, our wishes have been answered!

Supriya Sule

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NCP MP Supriya Sule introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha to give employees the right to not respond to communication from an employer after the office hours. Sule said, “The Right to Disconnect Bill mandates companies to detail out-of-work demands as a way to reduce stress and ease tension between an employee’s personal and professional life.”

Lok Sabha

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The Bill was introduced on December 28 and under it and Employee Welfare Authority will be set up. It requires the authority to publish and study on the impact of digital tools beyond work hours and yearly reports.

Work stress

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On top of that, the government would have to provide employee counselling, digital detox centres and other resources “to free an employee from digital distractions and enable him to truly connect with the people around him.” 

If these guidelines are not adhered to, penalties of one per cent of the total employee remuneration will be levied.

It happens

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In a statement Sule wrote to the Indian Express, she said, “Studies have found that if an employee is expected to be available round the clock, they tend to exhibit risks of over-work like sleep deprivation, developing stress and being emotionally exhausted.” She further added, “This persistent urge to respond to calls and e-mails (termed as ‘telepressure’), constant checking of e-mails throughout the day and even on weekends and holidays, is reported to have destroyed the work-life balance of employees.”

Our lovely bosses, are you guys listening? It’s time people, to chug down gallons of daaru and answer only to our babu, shona’s calls!