'Please go home!': India concerned about work-life balance

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A small IT company in the central Indian city of Indore has come up with an unusual way to ensure its employees maintain a healthy work-life balance — by creating software that reminds them to go home when their shift ends, according to Reuters.

Softgrid Computers' software is equipped with a notification system that fires when an employee's shift ends, alerting them that “the office system will shut down in 10 minutes” and asks “please go home.”

This action comes amid increased attention and research on the adverse effects of long working hours on the health and relationships of employees around the world .The World Health Organization, for example, warned in 2021 that working 55 or more hours a week could lead to a 35% increased risk of stroke and a 17% increased risk of death from heart disease.

” The idea behind this is to ensure employees have a good work-life balance so they can spend time with their families and loved ones.” , — said CEO Ajay Golani.

A photo of a warning on the desktop of an office computer shared by employee Tanvi Khandelwal caused a stir on social media recently.

“They put this special reminder , which locks my desktop during off-hours and issues a warning. No more calls and messages outside of business hours!! Isn't that fantastic?”, —Khandelwal shared on LinkedIn a week ago. Since then, her post has received nearly 400,000 likes.

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