Volkswagen is bucking the trend when it comes to work-based communication. The company turns off their Blackberry servers after hours to ensure employees have a better work-life balance. This practice is a shift away from the norm of 24X7 connectivity, but it certainly has its merits. According to the article emails stop 30 minutes after a shift ending and start 30 minutes prior to a shift beginning. Apparently, the rule does not apply to senior management. There are a number of cultural, legal, and business factors that go into a decision like this, so it may not be the right one for all (or even any other) companies, but it is an interesting decision that deserves a closer look.
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