Hatty Bell
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Does the "right to disconnect" apply to business owners and entrepreneurs?

In 2016, the right to disconnect was legislated in France, obliging companies with more than 50 staff to negotiate, essentially to set out when workers were not supposed to send or answer emails and ways to reduce the intrusion of work into people's private lives.

Do you "disconnect" from work? Should you? And if so, how?

 

If you're interested in read more about this initiative, head to the ABC article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-06/right-to-disconnect-gives-workers-their-lives-back/100040424

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Yee Trinh

Yee Trinh, Cofounder at

I'd say there's a right but probably not a tendency for business owners and entrepreneurs to do so. It's probably one of the hardest parts of running a business, a learned skill as much as any other. It requires forward-planning, organisation, delegation and perspective. 

For myself.. I need to schedule time/appointments for exercise and family time/relaxing each week. That allows me the sense of freedom to go okay - work is done, now for x and y. It's a project I manage like any other work project. 

I also manage my phone notifications very carefully. I don't allow any work apps to send me notifications, especially after/before certain hours. If it's urgent, I make sure the team knows to text/call. 

My mental and emotional health have a huge impact on my productivity and mental agility. That's why I ensure during my time off, I'm off. So when I'm on, I'm on!

Really keen to hear others thoughts on this. We talk about hustling so much.. we rarely hear about the other side. 

Hatty Bell

Hatty Bell, Community Manager at

Love this insight @Yee Trinh . It sounds like you are very disciplined! How do you manage busy times when it seems the 'work is never done'

Yee Trinh

Yee Trinh, Cofounder at

I try! Unfortunately, it's something I've had to come to terms with. There's always so much to do. 

It's a fine balance between allowing deadlines to be flexible.. and not meeting them. It comes down to setting realistic expectations/deadlines/timelines and depending on the scale of those projects, reviewing and refining them consistently.  

How about yourself! How do you disconnect from me / Savvy? ;) 

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