‘If you switch off, people think you’re lazy’: demands grow for a right to disconnect from work

Working from home can mean never being able to switch off, but could EU-wide regulation end the always-on culture?

When Poland went into strict lockdown last March, Natalia Zurowska barely had time to clear her desk at work. “I went in to get my laptop and then left,” says the 36-year-old, an office manager for a graphic design firm in Warsaw at the time. “I had been working in an office for 10 years. So it was a new thing, working from home. But from day one I knew I didn’t like it.”

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