"Firms that want to survive in the new digital technologies are widespread in the world must be agile and able to quickly call your team (employees). The idea that the workday starts at the office in the morning and ends with the departure from the office obsolete," — said Schmidt.

At the same time, he cautioned that such reform of labour laws has led to "hidden overtime". "Maybe employers this and I would like, but the focus should be only that the existing working time more flexibly distributed throughout the day and weeks," — explained the head of "Council of wise men".

Employers in Germany have long been demanding to abolish the eight-hour work day, retaining only the current weekly limit is 48 hours, said the Welt am Sonntag. They also advocate the reduction from 11 to 9 hours provided by law for the mandatory rest break between working days, the newspaper writes.