"Your" time

Since last Friday, employers can’t (legally) contact employees outside of working hours here in Portugal. It’s a progressive move, following suit with similar legislation already current in Italy, France, and Spain designed to protect workers’ “right to disconnect.”

Think that France has a mandated 35-hour workweek since 2000. Iceland tried it recently and discovered that the cut on working hours didn’t impact productivity, but I digress.

Make no mistake, the “right to disconnect” is not the same as the “right to own your time.” The only way to leave the latter to workers is by embracing remote and async.