Design For Life

Advice column: My workaholic boss won’t accept that I am not available out of hours

This week a reader queries his legal position with regard to the right to disconnect outside of work hours

An employee’s normal working hours should be provided for in their contract of employment

Dear Expert,

I am a senior manager in a mid-sized company. Our recently appointed chief executive works around the clock and seemingly expects staff to do the same. With a young family it is impossible for me to ‘action’ requests made by her to me out of hours, especially those that are time sensitive. I’ve let her know that I am not available outside of working hours, but she has persisted in out of hours ...