Workplace Success – What You Need to Know this Week

Here are three stories people are talking about this week.

1. Foreign companies banning email after work hours

Two French unions and Germany’s labour ministry have implemented new rules to keep employees off email and their work phones in the evenings and on weekends. The rules in France will impact a quarter of a million workers in the digital and consultancy sectors. They’ll be required to switch off their work phones and avoid looking at work email, and their employers will be prohibited from pressuring them to check messages. In Germany, the rules apply to labour ministry staff and will permit phone or email contact only if the work can’t be postponed until the next working day.

How this will play out in reality remains to be seen – emergencies do crop up after hours, after all, and the definition of “emergency” can vary from manager to manager – but it’s an interesting step toward reclaiming some work-free space in employees’ lives.

2. Companies hire the wrong managers 82% of the time

New research from Gallup says that when hiring managers, companies hire the wrong person for the job 82% of the time, costing businesses billions of dollars each year. They suggest that the reason for the scarcity is that the talent required to manage well is scarce – noting that their research says that only one in 10 people possess “the unique combination of talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company’s performance.” However, Gallup research has also found that another two in 10 people possess some characteristics of managerial talent and can function at a high level if their company invests in coaching and developmental plans for them.

3. The truth about that rescinded job offer

That story getting so much buzz about the college that rescinded a professor’s job offer when she tried to negotiate for more money and perks? While it’s been portrayed as a warning about the risks of negotiating, Suzanne Lucas points out that the candidate’s requests were wildly over the top for her industry and that she came across as difficult and demanding – in other words, negotiating wasn’t the problem; her tone and her specific asks were.

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Alison Green

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She's also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

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