Saturday, August 31, 2013

German Labor Mininstry has banned emailing out of office hours

Germany labor ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing staff out of hours except in emergencies. The ministry says the measure is intended to prevent staff from suffering undue stress by being constantly on call.

Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that the ministry is following the lead of major German companies such as automaker Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom.

The newspaper cited official guidelines stating that no staff should be penalized for turning off their cellphone or failing to pick up messages after working hours "to prevent self-exploitation."

It said managers were also being urged to refrain from calling staff while on leave but out-of-hours contact was permitted "in exceptional circumstances."

WOW! This is really a Developed Country practice. As in Asian, those customers is expecting you to reply his their email on 24 hours basis…. That is a really a pressure to our after-work life, no wonder some of our colleagues dropped dead on his computer!

Hope that Hong Kong would be learning from the civilized country, however somehow someone would standup and say, This will jeopardize the Hong Kong economy and reduce it competition power in the Regions!

HK Snob

Friday, August 23, 2013

HK Survivors of Manila hostage Crisis Sue Philippine Government at 3rd anniversary of the Horrible incident

HK Survivors of Manila hostage Crisis Sue Philippine Government

Survivors of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis and families of those killed sued the Philippine Government on 22 Aug to demand an apology and compensation. A day before the tragedy’s third anniversary,
Tonight Nat Geo will have a special program to show on this crisis, and that could recall the anger of the People of HK on that bungled rescue operation. That took eight lives of the Hong Kong People. The Whole world was watching the Rizal Park hostage Drama.

The president Aquino has expressed regret and admitted the crisis should have been handled better, but refused to apologize when the victim’s families travel to the scene of the incident in Manila in 2011.
However, the Philippine government has apologized for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the coast guard.
The moral of the story is..,
HK Government ex CEO Ronald Tsang and current Executive in Charge CY should do something to enforce of the Philippine government to respond to the victim’s family’s request.
Only sending Black Tourist Warning every time when I land Philippines could not be enough to classified as ACTION at all!
At least to give family member a justice, Taiwan, on the other hand is doing much more beautifully!
HK Snob