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The Right to Disconnect: Rhetoric vs Reality

13 Mar 2024
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

The discussion about flexible working patterns and wellbeing have evolved dramatically since the Covid-19 pandemic – but there are concerns that the increased flexibility can be having an impact employee work-life balance.  The right to disconnect has been offered as a way through which employee wellbeing can be maintained.  However, in an increasingly flexible working world, does the right to disconnect rhetoric fit the reality that organisations and employees find themselves in? Understanding what right to disconnect mean, reflecting on what this could have for positive work-life balance, but also highlighting the real-life implications that this can have for practice in a 24/7 organisational world.


Andrew Kinder, Board Member, EAPA, Professional Head of Mental Health Services, Optima Health
Dr Zofia Bajorek, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
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