Today's working day: answering the news while having breakfast, still having your cell phone on in the evening, and always being flexibly available on weekends. An eight-hour day is no longer appropriate in view of this practice – says the council of economic experts. The german council of economic experts calls for a change in the working hours act (arbeitszeitgesetz).
Until now, the law has stipulated that an employee may not normally work more than eight hours a day. In order to create more flexibility for the employer, these requirements are to be relaxed. "More flexible working hours are important for the competitiveness of german companies", christoph schmidt, chairman of the advisory board of the federal republic, tells "welt am sonntag" newspaper. "Companies that want to survive in our new digitalized world must be agile and able to assemble their teams quickly. The idea that you start your working day in the office in the morning and end it when you leave the company is outdated", according to schmidt.