Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Challenges to Ireland's Competitiveness: Discussion

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

To pick up on remote working, we know it will be a growing feature. We all should recognise that people are not returning to work because they have been working all along. They are just returning to the office a little more. I note the contribution about the stress that remote working perhaps causes for managers. With regard to workers and the stress caused for them by working remotely, however, the always-on culture and so forth, would the witnesses recommend that the inclusion of a right to disconnect as part of any future legislation would be important in terms of giving us a competitive edge, first, but also for the health, safety and welfare of workers in their new workplace, which will be at home for many?


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