How do other countries approach the working week?

How do other countries approach the working week?

Where we work has an impact on how we work and how we perceive working life. Everyone has thought about working abroad at some point, and each country has business practices that provide food for thought for firms looking to evolve and develop too.

For example, in China staff are encouraged to take longer lunches to keep their energy levels up, while in Denmark workers make sure they have at least six hours of leisure time worked into their daily routine.

We’ve looked into how five different countries approach work and the working week, to see if anything can be learned from the comparisons.

1. France

The laissez faire approach to working life, France has always led the way in terms of holidays and work-life balance. According to a report by Pareto Law, in France lunch vouchers are mandatory if there is no on-site canteen – meaning around 3.5million employees benefit from this perk.

A new French law has recently been enacted which give workers the right to disconnect from emails after work. The law says that any business with more than 50 employees should establish hours when staff cannot send or receive emails.


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