'Please go home!' Firm tells workers to down tools in effort to create better work-life balance

An IT company in India is sending staff a message telling them to "please go home" in an effort to improve their work-life balance.

SoftGrid Computers has created a system that notifies employees when their shift has ended.

The message that pops up on their PC reads: "Your shift time is over. The office system will shut down in 10 mins."

Head of Management Mohammad Ali Fanee told Reuters: "We believe in the work life balance.

"We believe when you are happy internally, when you are happy with your family, you work pretty well."

Employee Tanvi Khandelwal, said on LinkedIn: "My employer supports #WorkLifeBalance. They put this special Reminder, which locks my desktop after business hours and issues a warning.

"And this is a reality of our office!! Yes in this era we believe in flexible working hours and happy environment."

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In 2021, the World Health Organisation warned that working long hours could have potential health risks.

The study found that working 55 or more hours per week led to a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of heart disease - compared to working 35-40 hours per week.

More recently, a "major breakthrough" was made during the world's biggest trial of a four-day working week.

The test - which saw people keep the same salary - was deemed a success, with 56 out of the 61 firms saying they would stick with the new regime.