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Sick of your boss bothering you after hours? Big tech to the rescue!

Governments are trying to change laws to help workers unplug from their jobs, but tech is already a step ahead

Parmy Olson

A new law in Portugal has banned bosses from emailing their staff out of hours, but for some advocates there was a gap: staff don’t have a legal right to disconnect and turn off their work devices after hours. It was a detail that Portuguese lawmakers chose not to approve.

No matter. Big tech is here with a solution that should (mostly) cause optimism. Microsoft and Apple have recently launched new software that makes it easier to disconnect from work. These tools and others like them could set a bigger cultural precedent than any single law. 

Ignore the irony, for a moment, that the companies whose products perpetually chain us to work now want to help break our shackles. These new “disconnecting” features are a step in the right direction, part of a burgeoning field called employee-experience software...

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